Tucker Carlson gave a summary on his network of his controversial interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, sharing what he considers the five key takeaways.
“It’s very obvious that he’s very wounded by the rejection of the West. The United States doesn’t like Russia; the U.S. government doesn’t like Russia. I think, like a lot of Russians, he expected the end of the Cold War would be, sort of, Russia’s invitation into Europe … the West was determined not to be aligned with Russia. That’s very obvious. That’s the whole point of NATO, I guess, is to contain Russia. And Putin is wounded by this.
Regardless, Carlson pushes back on the notion that Russia is an “expansionist power,” even saying “you’d have to be an idiot to think” that Russia desired to annex more territory.
“They’ve got more than enough natural resources,” Carlson said. “They’re swimming in natural resources. They don’t have enough people, in their view. So, the idea that they want to take over Poland, why would you want to do that? They just want secure borders.”
Carlson asserted that President Putin actively desired and sought a peace deal with Ukraine, alluding to Putin’s claims that then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson scuttled a proposed agreement for peace between Ukraine and Russia.
“He was willing to admit that he wants a peace deal in Ukraine and sort of give it away and just say that out loud. He said it a couple of different times. Again, maybe he’s lying in ways I didn’t perceive, but he kept saying it, and I don’t know why he would say it if he didn’t mean it.”
Despite Carlson’s perception of President Putin’s willingness to sue for peace, there is one condition which Carlson asserts is unreasonable and non-negotiable for the Russian Federation: demands that Putin must relinquish Crimea.
“U.S. officials have said on the record and have said to me and are telling a bunch of people that part of the terms have to be Russia giving up Crimea. … Putin would go to war, nuclear war, if it came down to Crimea.”
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