Tucker Carlson has recently unveiled his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, delving into topics such as the conflict in Ukraine, NATO’s expansion, and Russia’s rapport with the United States.
The extensive interview, recorded earlier in the week and initially aired online through the Tucker Carlson Network, spans over two hours. Throughout the conversation, Putin also shares insights on diverse subjects including artificial intelligence and speculates on the future U.S. presidency.
Despite a somewhat tense start, characterized by Putin questioning whether the conversation was more akin to a talk show or a serious exchange, the dialogue evolves into a wide-ranging discussion, even culminating in shared laughter over Putin’s initial remark.
Here are some key takeaways from the interview:
Putin on Ukraine: Putin suggests that peace with Ukraine remains a possibility. He indicates that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky retains the freedom to negotiate a resolution to the conflict, although he laments Western influence that, according to him, persuaded Zelensky to continue fighting instead of seeking peace.
NATO Concerns: Putin elaborates on his opposition to NATO expansion, recounting a conversation with former U.S. President Bill Clinton regarding the potential inclusion of Russia in the alliance. He claims initial optimism from Clinton, followed by a subsequent reversal after consultations with advisors, concluding that Russia’s accession was not feasible.
U.S. Perception of Russia: In discussing U.S.-Russia relations post-Soviet Union, Putin acknowledges a lack of the anticipated rapport. He addresses perceptions of Western fear toward a strong Russia and contrasts it with the U.S.’s seemingly greater apprehension toward China due to its population size and economic growth.
Opinions on Future U.S. Leadership: While refraining from endorsing any candidate in the 2024 U.S. election, Putin reflects on his interactions with previous American presidents. He notes a positive relationship with former President Donald Trump and particularly lauds his rapport with former President George W. Bush, despite acknowledging disagreements. Putin suggests that improvements in U.S.-Russia relations hinge more on the decisions of ruling elites rather than individual leaders.
The interview provides valuable insights into Putin’s perspective on various geopolitical issues and his assessment of the current state of international relations, particularly between Russia and the United States.