Elon Musk called for more dialogue between Washington and Moscow, the current ties between the two countries weakened during the post-Cold War low.
Tesla’s CEO said via a video link at a forum on Russian education held in Moscow on Friday: “Russia has a lot of talent and vitality. I think there should be more dialogue and exchanges between Russia and the United States.”
He also said that his electric car company is about to establish a branch in Russia and is considering whether to open a factory in Russia.
The 49-year-old made this comment after a meeting of senior diplomats from the United States and Russia. First face-to-face meeting On Wednesday, this heralded the possible thaw of relations between the two countries.
The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken took place during the Arctic Council meeting in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.
The two acknowledged that there are major differences between the governments of the two countries, but agreed that they can work together on certain issues. Both sides praised the meeting for its “constructive” significance.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this meeting will help Russian President Vladimir Putin decide whether to attend the summit with US President Joe Biden next month.
He told reporters: “There is no doubt that this is a positive signal.”
After Biden stated in March that he believed Putin was a “killer,” relations between Moscow and Washington fell to their lowest point in recent months.
The comment is related to the allegation that the Russian President ordered the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is now in prison, and the Kremlin strongly denies this statement.
Biden’s comments prompted Moscow to remove its ambassador to Washington.
Moscow is suspected of interfering in the US election, increasing tensions in Ukraine and Washington’s sanctions on Russia have also strained relations between the two countries.
Although Biden’s remarks aroused a strong response from Putin’s allies in Russia, the President of the United States said that he would like to talk to his Russian counterparts during his European trip next month.
Russia said it is still weighing the proposal.