Putin rants about Ukraine, detained US journalist, and history in Tucker Carlson interview: Live

By Isaac M February 9, 2024

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Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson released his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who started with a long diatribe on Russian history and its relationship with Ukraine.

The two-hour, seven-minute interview was recorded on 6 February and released in full shortly before 6pm ET on Thursday. Carlson travelled to Moscow for Putin’s first interview with a Western media figure since the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.

Putin repeated his argument that Ukraine wasn’t a real country which was shaped by the “will” of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

When Carlson requested that jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich be allowed to return to the US with Carlson and his crew as a show of “goodwill” from Putin, the Russian leader said that his “goodwill” had run out, complaining about the lack of reciprocity from the West.

Asked why he doesn’t call President Joe Biden and work out a solution in Ukraine, Putin asked: “What’s there to work out?”

“Stop supplying weapons and it will be over within weeks,” he added.

Putin also claimed that peace talks had at one point “reached a very high stage of coordination of positions … they were almost finalized”.

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VIDEO: Putin tells US to ‘stop supplying weapons’ to Ukraine in Tucker Carlson interview

Putin tells US to ‘stop supplying weapons’ to Ukraine in Tucker Carlson interview

Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 15:30

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Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 15:15

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PHOTOS: Tucker Carlson speaks to Vladimir Putin

In this pool photograph distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to US talk show host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 6, 2024

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In this pool photograph distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, US talk show host Tucker Carlson looks on during an interview with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 6, 2024

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In this pool photograph distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, US talk show host Tucker Carlson is seen before an interview with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 6, 2024

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In this pool photograph distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to US talk show host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 6, 2024

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 15:00

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Watch: Putin claims Boris Johnson talked Ukraine out of peace deal

Putin claims Boris Johnson talked Ukraine out of peace deal

Joe Middleton9 February 2024 14:30

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Putin repeats ‘nonsense’ claim Boris Johnson scuppered efforts to end Ukraine invasion

During a highly anticipated sit-down interview with former Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, the Russian president said, via a translator, that a “huge document” had been prepared and approved by the head of the Ukranian delegation.

“He put his signature and then he himself said, ‘we were ready to sign it and the war would have been over long ago’. However, Prime Minister Johnson came talk to us out of it, and we’ve missed that chance. “

In an interview with The Times in January, Mr Johnson strongly denied the claims, describing them as “total nonsense” and “Russian propaganda.”

Mike Bedigan9 February 2024 14:00

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Putin calls Ukraine ‘satellite state of US’

Putin blamed the West for the failed peace talks with Ukraine.

“We did not refuse to talk. Were willing to negotiate,” he claimed. “It is the western side. And Ukraine is obviously a satellite state of the US. It is evident.”

“So I just want to make sure I’m not misunderstanding what you’re saying. I don’t think that I am. I think you’re saying you want a negotiated settlement to what’s happening in Ukraine?” Carlson asked.

“Right,” Putin said. “And we made it where he prepared the huge document in Istanbul that was intialled by the head of the Ukrainian delegation to fix his signature to some of the provisions. Not so all of it. He put his signature and then he himself said we were ready to sign it and the word would have been over long ago. a month ago. However, Prime Minister [Boris] Johnson came to talk us out of it and we’ve missed a chance”.

Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 13:30

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Reaction: ‘Tucker didn’t ask a single hard question’

The BBC’s John Simpson offered a withering put down of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin.

The highly regarded correspondent and TV presenter posted on X, formerly Twitter, that the former Fox News host didn’t ask the Russian president “a single hard question”.

He added that he allowed Mr Putin to “drone on” and that was why the Kremlin didn’t allow “someone serious” to do the interview.”

Joe Middleton9 February 2024 13:15

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VIDEO: Putin says it would be ‘understandable’ if Hungary annexed parts of Ukraine

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The Independent9 February 2024 13:00

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Tucker Carlson met Edward Snowden and Biden accuser Tara Reade in Moscow, report says

Tucker Carlson met with NSA leaker Edward Snowden while in Moscow, according to Semafor.

The former whistleblower featured heavily in Russian media before seeking more privacy in his family life.

Mr Snowden was initially granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking a trove of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents, and then was granted permanent resident status in Russia in 2020. That year, he announced his decision to seek duel citizenship, stating in a tweet that “after years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son.”

Joe Middleton9 February 2024 12:40

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Putin ‘can’t live without’ the West, Russian opposition leader says

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled Russian businessman, oligarch, and opposition leader, wrote in a thread on X that “everything Putin does has one goal – to keep him in power for as long as possible. That’s why he assassinates journalists, that’s why he invaded Ukraine – and it’s also why he let Tucker Carlson interview him”.

Putin jailed Khodorkovsky in 2003 on trumped-up charges and confiscated his oil company.

“As much as Putin and his propagandists might paint the West as public enemy number one in Russia, the truth is, he craves western attention and approval. Why? Because it gives him legitimacy at home,” Mr Khodorkovsky wrote on X on Thursday night. “Russians might be taught to despise the West, but at the same time, a lot of them still view Europe and the US as cultural role models. They watch western films, they buy western goods, they follow western sports teams.”

“So, when a prominent westerner says something complimentary about Putin, this holds a lot of weight among the Russian public, and it contributes to Putin’s approval ratings. And Putin knows it,” he added.

Gustaf Kilander9 February 2024 12:00

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