Tesla CEO also says electric vehicle maker is close to establishing a presence in Russia.

Elon Musk has called for greater dialogue between Washington and Moscow, with ties between the group now languishing at post-Cold War lows.

“There’s plenty of talent and energy in Russia and I think there should be more communication and conversation between Russia and the USA,” the Tesla CEO mentioned on Friday, via video link at a discussion on Russian schooling in Moscow.

In addition, he said his electric car business was near creating a presence in Russia and has been studying whether it could start factories .

The 49-year-old’s comments came after the United States’ and Russia’s top diplomats held their first in-person meeting on Wednesday, signalling a possible thaw in relations.

The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken happened on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting at the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.

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The pair confessed there were significant differences between the two governments but agreed that they could work together on certain things, with both sides praising the meeting as”constructive”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the assembly would help Russian President Vladimir Putin decide whether to attend a proposed summit together with his US counterpart Joe Biden following month.