Elon Musk has called for more dialogue between Washington and Moscow, which is currently in the midst of a post-Cold War series.
“Russia has a lot of talent and is willing and I think there should be more dialogue and communication between Russia and the United States,” Tesla’s CEO said in a video link to a Russian education forum in Moscow on Friday.
He also said that his electric vehicle company is close to establishing a presence in Russia and is considering whether to open factories there.
The 49-year-old man’s comments came after top diplomats in the United States and Russia held their first face-to-face meeting on Wednesday, signaling a possible meltdown in relations.
Negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken took place in parallel to a meeting of the Arctic Council in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.
The pair acknowledged that there were significant differences between the two governments, but agreed that they could work together on certain issues, with both sides praising the meeting as “constructive”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting would help Russian President Vladimir Putin decide whether to participate in a summit proposal with his American counterpart Joe Biden next month.
“Without a doubt, this is a positive sign,” he told reporters.
Ties between Moscow and Washington have fallen to their lowest point in decades in recent months, after Biden in March said he thought Putin was a “killer”.
This comment related to the accusations of the Russian president ordered the poisoning of the now critical prisoner of the Kremlin, Alexey Navalny, a statement that the Kremlin vehemently denies.
Biden’s comments prompted Moscow to call back its ambassador to Washington.
Relations were also strained by Moscow’s alleged meddling in the US elections, an increase in tensions over Ukraine and Washington’s sanctions on Russia.
Despite Biden’s comment, which drew a furious response from Putin’s allies in Russia, the US president said he would like to talk to his Russian counterpart during a trip to Europe next month.
Russia said it is still evaluating the proposal.