He is basically short-circuiting the diplomatic process. He wants to lay out his terms and see how many people are going to pick them up. All of this is an effort to get Americans to take themselves out of the war and hand over Ukraine and Ukrainian territory to Russia.”
This is a classic Putin’s play, and it usually is a part of a larger propaganda and disinformation campaign, when all state media and pro-Kremlin social media accounts start manufacturing fake news and repeating the same talking points, sometimes word for word.
Russia’s opposition politician Alexei Navalny said that the “monstrosity of lies” in the Russian state media “is unimaginable. And, unfortunately, so is its persuasiveness for those who have no access to alternative information.”
Musk has access to alternative information. He also knows how media and “fake news” work. Yet, it looks like he bought into Russian propaganda. That’s why his case is so interesting. If he can be easily manipulated, what does it say about the rest of us?