Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson landed an exclusive two-hour interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Carlson released his interview on X yesterday.
The interview, which occurred on February 6th, 2024, in Moscow, Russia, provided a platform for Putin to share his perspective on the Biden administration’s role on the Russia/Ukraine war. Speaking through a translator, Putin discussed Russia’s advancements in hypersonic strike systems, claiming a lead over the United States and other nations in this technological domain.
On negotiations concerning the Ukraine war, Putin asserted Russia’s willingness to engage in dialogue, putting the onus on the western side. Putin even suggested that peace could be achieved within weeks if arms shipments from the United States ceased.
The dialogue touched upon various facets of global affairs, including the history of Russia, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Russia’s current relationship with the United States. Putin recounted Russia’s attempts to build relations worldwide and highlighted warnings to the U.S. against supporting separatism in the Middle East, a caution that, according to him, went unheeded.
The discussion on Ukraine unfolded with Putin accusing the CIA of backing a coup in Kyiv, characterizing it as a “colossal mistake.” He disputed the portrayal of Russia as the aggressor, attributing the start of the war in 2014 to Ukraine. Additionally, Putin discussed Russia’s goal of achieving de-nazification in the region.
Carlson questioned Putin about Western reports suggesting Russia planned on invading Poland. Putin dismissed the idea, accusing NATO of fearmongering and clarifying Russia’s lack of interest in neighboring countries.
Carlson brought up the case of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, imprisoned in Russia for nearly a year, to Putin. Carlson appealed to Putin’s decency and requested he release the journalist [via Daily Caller]
“I just want to ask you directly if as a sign of your decency, you’d be willing to release him to us, and we’ll bring him back to the United States?” Carlson said.
“We have done so many gestures of goodwill out of decency that I think we have run out of them,” the Russian president said. “We have never seen anyone reciprocate to us in a similar manner. However, in theory, we can say that we do not rule out that we can do that. If our partners take reciprocal steps.”
The Russian president alleged Gershkovich received “classified, confidential information.”
While the interview offered valuable insights, it also drew criticism from figures in the media and beyond. Bill Kristol called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Carlson reentering the U.S., and Bill Browder labeled Carlson as “remarkably stupid or consciously evil.”
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