Russia opens for Musk’s offer of a conversation with Putin via the clubhouse, seeking further details

Russian President Vladimir Putin will join the enlarged boards of the Interior Ministry on February 26, 2020 in Moscow, Russia.

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Russia has not ruled out the idea of ​​President Vladimir Putin talking to Tesla billionaire Elon Musk on the social media app Clubhouse, according to several media reports.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that the proposal was “interesting”, but more details are needed, according to the Tass news agency. The news was also reported by Reuters and Russian media RBC.

“First, we want to find out, you know, that President Putin does not directly use social networks, he personally does not run them,” Peskov said, according to translated comments.

“In general, this is a very interesting proposal, but one must first understand what is meant, what is proposed.”

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

On Saturday, Musk invited Putin via Twitter to join him for a conversation at Clubhouse, which is an audio-only app that is growing rapidly after gaining popularity in Silicon Valley.

Tesla and the SpaceX CEO then said in Russian, “It would be a great honor to talk to you.”

The clubhouse has been downloaded about five million times, according to app tracker App Annie. Like other US social media platforms it was blocked in China last week.

The iPhone app, which is invitation only, allows people to have conversations “on stage” while an audience listens. Members of the audience can be invited up “on stage” to ask questions to the speakers.

Musk interviewed Robinhood co-founder Vlad Tenev at the clubhouse on Jan. 30, and last Wednesday, the entrepreneur wrote on Twitter that he has agreed to “make the clubhouse” with Kanye West.

Last month was the clubhouse valued by investors at around 1 billion. $. Twitter has rolled out its own version, known as Spaces, mens Facebook is is reportedly working on a similar product.

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