Putin slams U.S. and Bill Clinton for deceiving Russia over NATO membership – as he trashes Biden, praises Trump and warns there’s ‘no stopping’ his supersonic missile system

Vladimir Putin took aim at President Biden, Bill Clinton and the CIA as his hotly anticipated interview with Tucker Carlson.

The two-hour interview, which covers a wide range of topics, was posted on Carlson’s website, the Tucker Carlson Network, shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.

Speaking through a translator, Putin said Carlson began by responding to a question about the war in Ukraine with: ‘Do we have a talk show or a serious interview?’

He provided Carlson with “historical background” to the conflict in the region, before defending his military’s actions, focusing on the complex nature of NATO which he argued pushed it to war.

That includes President Clinton once being open to Russia joining NATO, before admitting he couldn’t remember the last time he spoke to Biden about the ongoing conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in his Tucker Carlson interview Thursday night

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in his Tucker Carlson interview Thursday night

Carlson introduced the interview by appearing in a snow-covered Red Square

Carlson introduced the interview by appearing in a snow-covered Red Square

Tucker Carlson with Vladimir Putin in their hotly anticipated interview

Tucker Carlson with Vladimir Putin in their hotly anticipated interview

During the White House's daily briefing Thursday, Communications Coordinator John Kirby told reporters that Americans should not believe anything Putin says

During the White House’s daily briefing Thursday, Communications Coordinator John Kirby told reporters that Americans should not believe anything Putin says

Touting his nation’s military prowess, Putin said the Russian forces had ‘created hypersonic systems with intercontinental range, and we continue to develop them. We are now ahead of everyone, the United States and the other countries in terms of developing hypersonic strike systems. And we improve them every day.’

The interview comes at a pivotal time in Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, with the Biden administration coming under increasing scrutiny for its continued support of Ukrainian President Zelensky’s expensive defense against Putin’s military.

Putin dominated the opening of the two-hour conversation, beginning with a slow history of Russian territory, Carlson said in a brief introduction that he initially believed the Russian president was using a “filibustering technique” for the question of why he triggered the conflict.

When asked what was the decisive moment that made him decide to launch his attack, Putin responded, “at first it was the coup in Ukraine” – referring to the ouster of Zelensky’s predecessor Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.

‘And what caused the current events? First, the current Ukrainian leadership will not implement the Minsk agreements,’ Putin continued.

The Minsk agreements were a series of treaties that sought to end the Donbas war between Ukraine and Russian separatist groups, signed in 2014.

As the conversation turned to Putin’s decades-long relationship with the US, he bristled at the idea that a change of president would change the outcome of the war – but praised Trump.

“You just asked me if another leader comes and changes something? It’s not about the leader,” he said.

‘It is not about the personality of a particular person. I had a very good relationship with said Bush. I know that in the United States he was portrayed as a sort of country boy who didn’t understand much. I assure you that is not the case.’

He went on to say he had a similarly warm relationship with former President Donald Trump, saying: ‘It’s not about the personality of the leader. It’s about the elite’s mindset, leadership agreement.

“If the idea of ​​dominance at all costs, also based on forceful action, dominates American society, nothing will change. It will only get worse.’

Carlson, 54, announced he would be interviewing the Russian leader earlier this week, with the interview airing live tonight on X at 6 p.m.

Carlson, 54, announced he would be interviewing the Russian leader earlier this week, with the interview airing live tonight on X at 6 p.m.

Carlson’s interview with the Russian leader sparked backlash among Western media for his treatment of the free press in his country, including the ongoing imprisonment of Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershowitz.

While the US says the reporter is being wrongfully detained, Putin has claimed Gershowitz is a spy.

“You know, you can give a different interpretation to what a spy is. But there are certain things that are determined by law. If a person gets secret information and does it in a conspiratorial way, it qualifies as espionage,’ he said.

Today, before the interview went down, White House Communications Coordinator John Kirby told Americans not to believe “anything” in the interview.

“Anyone watching that interview should make sure to remember that you’re listening to Vladimir Putin,” he said.

“You shouldn’t take anything he has to say at face value.”

Kirby added: ‘The American people know very well who is at fault here, and I think they know that there was no ground whatsoever for the invasion two years ago.

“He invaded a neighboring country without provocation, Ukraine was not a threat to anyone.

“The American people understand that, the American people understand what Ukraine is fighting for.

‘All they’re asking for is our help, they’re not asking for boots on the ground. I don’t think the American people are going to be swayed by one interview.’

While Democrats bristled at the thought that Carlson would give Putin a platform — including Hillary Clinton who labeled Carlson a “useful idiot” — others embraced it.

Robert Kennedy Jr. praised Carlson’s efforts earlier this week, saying he had every right to speak to the world leader and inform the public of his position.

The Kremlin blithely promoted the interview earlier this week.

The controversial interview drew criticism from the White House and the EU, both of which say Putin cannot be trusted and should not be listened to.

In promotional videos, Carlson said he gave the interview out of duty to the American people who deserve to know more about the conflict in Ukraine.