The Kremlin ‘wooed Tucker Carlson to Russia to spite Biden’, Russian sources claim as ex-Fox News host is seen heading to Presidential office in Moscow amid rumors he is set to interview Putin

The Kremlin has ‘sworn’ former Fox News star Tucker Carlson to Russia to ‘spoil Biden’, sources have claimed as reports in Russia say the ‘interview is likely to take place’.

Carlson was photographed and recorded in Moscow this week as rumors abound that he is there to become the first Western media figure to interview Vladimir Putin since the invasion of Ukraine began.

The Moscow Times now reports that Putin’s administration engineered the meeting as part of a ‘propaganda coup’ against the US. A potential interview has already been conducted by the fringe presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Carlson, 54, has often been accused of covering pro-Russia talking points on his Fox News show. Since his acrimonious firing, Carlson has interviewed a range of figures on his new broadcast on X, including Russell Brand, Andrew Tate and Ice Cube.

‘Tucker has been expected here for a long time. He is welcome here. Now everyone in the presidential administration has rolled up their sleeves and is working together,” an unnamed source told Moscow Times

Meanwhile on X, Russian media figure Alexei Venediktov wrote: ‘As far as I understand, Tucker Carlson got what he wanted.’

In newly released video, Tucker Carlson can be seen walking into an underground parking lot

In newly released video, Tucker Carlson can be seen walking into an underground parking lot

Carlson looks confused about some issue and raises his arms in protest

Carlson looks confused about some issue and raises his arms in protest

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson (center), 54, was spotted attending a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital, according to media reports in Russia.

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson (center), 54, was spotted attending a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital, according to media reports in Russia.

A photo of Carlson appears to show him at a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theater

A photo of Carlson appears to show him at a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theater

Images of Carlson shared by Russian media have led many to believe he may be the first Western journalist to interview Putin since the country's invasion of Ukraine

Images of Carlson shared by Russian media have led many to believe he may be the first Western journalist to interview Putin since the country’s invasion of Ukraine

‘Even without an interview, Carlson’s arrival is already a big advantage for the boss (Putin). See what kind of response we’re already seeing “across the ocean.” Tucker has a huge audience in the US,’ another source told the Moscow Times.

As another joked that Carlson’s options in Russia were “an interview or (go to) frontline Donbas.”

In September, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the time for Putin to interview a Western journalist “will come.”

“Whether Carlson will be among those considered for an interview, well, let’s wait and see,” he added.

‘The man in charge (Putin) will win the election without Tucker’s help. access to an American audience by Carlson during the fierce battle between Biden and Trump is another opportunity to exert that proverbial influence on the American election, given Carlson’s large audience,’ a Kremlin official told The Moscow Times said.

Carlson kept his cards close to his chest on Monday, after Russian media showed photos of him in various locations around Moscow, including at a box at the Bolshoi Theater and dining at a hotel.

“It’s beautiful,” Carlson said of Moscow in an interview broadcast by the Izvestia newspaper. “I just wanted to see it because, you know, I’ve read so much about it, but I’ve never seen it before.”

When asked if he was in Moscow to interview Putin, Carlson said, “We’ll see,” and smiled.

The one-time MSNBC host, 54, reportedly arrived in the capital on February 1 and was spotted at a Spartacus performance at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Back in 2021, Carlson claimed the National Security Agency began “spying” on him after he said he was trying to interview Putin.

Carlson said that his communications were intercepted by the NSA, and that his identity – which had to be kept secret by law – was “unmasked” by senior intelligence officials. Carlson claimed that the contents of his emails and texts were then circulated in an attempt to discredit him.

His claims have not been confirmed.

The Kremlin also refused to confirm that Putin would sit down with the American podcaster.

In a statement, it said: ‘We can hardly be expected to provide information on the movement of foreign journalists… Many foreign journalists come to Russia every day, many continue to work here, and we welcome that. .

“We have nothing to announce in terms of the president’s interviews with foreign media.”