Already the most anticipated interview of the year, and it finally happened. Journalist Tucker Carlson interviewed the Russian president Vladimir Putin. We will list a few key moments of the interview, but if you scroll to the bottom, you can watch the interview yourself. The 2,5 hours of information just can’t really be summed up in an article.
Let’s start with what Putin said about Ukraine:
“If you really want to stop fighting, you need to stop supplying weapons. It will be over within a few weeks. That’s it,” Putin claimed, adding that it was up to the U.S. to tell Ukraine to come to the negotiating table. According to Putin, the “special military operation” was necessary to sort out corruption to conduct a “denazification” in Ukraine. The Russian president said he would have stopped the war by now were it not for “western countries” meddling in the peace process.
During the interview, Putin blamed the CIA for the explosions of the Nord Stream pipelines, cutting off a major route for Russian gas exports to Europe and fuelling geopolitical tensions. “Who blew up Nord Stream?” Carlson asked. Putin replied: “You, for sure.”
Carlson jokingly responded, “I was busy that day”. Putin said, “You personally might have an alibi, but the CIA has not such alibi”.
“Do you have evidence that NATO or the CIA did it,” Carlson said. The Russian president responded he “won’t get into details” but you should “look for someone who is interested” and who “has capabilities”.
Many people might be interested but not all “of them are capable of sinking to the bottom of the Baltic Sea and carrying out this explosion”, Putin said.
Some good news:
As the interview passed the hour mark, Putin said he would not invade Latvia or Poland, saying the idea “goes against common sense”, and interest was piqued when Putin mused that, owing to the power of artificial intelligence, “it is now possible to create this superhuman, a specialized human being, a genetically engineered athlete, scientist, military man”.
Putin also said that it might be possible to free Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who is awaiting trial on spying charges, in exchange for a Russian prisoner. The Russian president suggested that, in return, Moscow wanted Germany to free Vadim Krasikov, who was convicted of the 2019 murder of a Chechen dissident in Berlin.
Gershkovich was arrested on March 29, 2023 in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg and accused of trying to obtain defence secrets. He and his newspaper strongly reject the charges and the US government has designated him as wrongfully detained. “We are willing to solve it but there are certain terms being discussed via special services channels. I believe an agreement can be reached,” said Putin, stressing that Western powers will have to take what he called “reciprocal steps”. “There have been many successful examples of these talks crowned with success. Probably this is going to be crowned with success as well but we have to come to an agreement,” said Putin.
Putin was also very vocal about former United States president Bill Clinton:
“At a meeting here in the Kremlin with the outgoing President Bill Clinton, right here in the next room, I said to him, I asked him: ‘Bill, do you think if Russia asked to join NATO, do you think it would happen?’ Suddenly he said, ‘You know, it’s interesting. I think so,’” said Putin who was speaking through an interpreter.
“But in the evening, when we met for dinner, he said: ‘You know, I’ve talked to my team, no, no, it’s not possible now.’ You can ask him. I think he will watch our interview, he’ll confirm it,” the Russian president said.
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