Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has invited Elon Musk to discuss the opening of a Tesla factory there, saying it could potentially qualify for a state support program.
“We were delighted to learn that you are considering building a factory in Russia,” the ministry said in a tweet on Friday. Just hours earlier, the US-based billionaire revealed that Tesla is exploring opportunities for selling its electric cars in Russia and neighboring nations – including opening a production hub there.
Dear @Elonmusk, we were delighted to learn that you are considering building a factory in Russia. By the way, we have a number of state support measures for local OEMs. Come to see us, we’ll talk about it :)— Минпромторг России (@minpromtorg_rus) May 21, 2021
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“We have a number of state support measures for local [original equipment manufacturers],” the ministry added, inviting the South African-born entrepreneur to “come” and “talk” about it.
Musk, who has never hidden his admiration for the Soviet and Russian achievements in space exploration, has long advocated a more active dialogue between Moscow and Washington.
“There is a lot of talent and energy in Russia,” he said while talking via a video link to the Russian ‘New Knowledge’ education forum on Friday.
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Musk has even invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to a chat on the app Clubhouse once. The Kremlin has recently responded by saying that they hope a meeting between Putin and Musk would happen eventually, but provided no specific timeline.
As for the ministry’s proposal, Musk has not responded to it yet.
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