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Musk Tells Moscow Tesla May Build Plant in Russia Eventually

  • CEO thinks EV maker is close to establishing a local presence
  • Head of U.S. contractor SpaceX calls for dialogue with Moscow
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Elon Musk spoke warmly of Russia during a Kremlin-sponsored event for students, praising its history of achievements in space and expressing openness to one day building a Tesla Inc. factory in the country.

The Tesla chief executive officer took questions for roughly 45 minutes at the invitation of Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman. Topics the eccentric billionaire covered ranged from his hiring practices to artificial intelligence and the future of human consciousness.