Tucker Carlson claims he had ‘off the record’ chat with Putin after his interview and says he believes the Russian leader is willing to compromise on Ukraine
Vladimir Putin is willing to compromise on Ukraine, Tucker Carlson claimed, saying he had an ‘off the record’ chat with the Russian president in Moscow.
The American talk show host questioned the Russian leader in a high-profile interview last week that saw Putin control the narrative and make a series of extraordinary claims about Moscow’s ongoing incursion into Ukraine.
In a speech to the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, Carlson said that based on the two’s discussion, he believes that Putin is now willing to reach a compromise with Ukraine – two years after he launched his brutal invasion.
“Obviously, the work of the leaders of any country on this planet, except perhaps the United States during a unipolar world, forces them to find a compromise. This is what is called diplomacy,’ Carlson said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
“And he (Putin) is among them (leaders ready to seek a compromise).”
Vladimir Putin is willing to compromise on Ukraine, Tucker Carlson claimed, days after interviewing the Russian president in Moscow.
The controversial American also suggested that Putin ‘will no longer be open to negotiations’ as his invasion of Ukraine drags on.
Carlson said Russia will only get stronger, and that the West should consider it.
“Over the past few years, we have found that Russian industrial capabilities are much more fundamental than we previously believed,” he said, according to TASS.
‘It easily produces missiles and artillery shells while NATO does not (…). I have heard myself that US officials say that they will return Crimea to Ukraine.
“There is no need to lecture Russia (…) This is madness.”
Carlson is also reported to have told the summit that he had an ‘off the record’ conversation with the Russian despot, but did not specify its content.
The interview, held in Moscow on Tuesday and broadcast on Thursday, was the first interview with a Western media figure since the February 2022 invasion.
It saw Putin use the opportunity to push his narrative on the war in Ukraine, urge Washington to recognize Moscow’s interests and pressure Kiev to sit down for talks.
For more than two hours, a largely unchallenged Putin overloaded Carlson with Russian history, propaganda and Kremlin talking points.
Putin repeated his claim that the full-scale invasion – which Kiev and its allies describe as an unprovoked act of aggression – was to protect Russian interests and prevent Ukraine from posing a threat to Russia by joining NATO.
Ukraine has repeatedly said it will not reach a compromise with Russia that involves giving up land, and has said it is determined to hand over all its land occupied by Moscow’s forces – including the Donbass region and Crimea – which annexed by Russia, but still widely recognized as Ukrainian territory.
Putin appeared confident and at ease, and he occasionally made friendly jabs at Carlson, who was baffled by the history lecture and tried to interject questions.
Nevertheless, the 71-year-old Russian leader stayed on topic for more than 20 minutes, going back more than 800 years to educate his American guest about Russia’s past.
Carlson did not question Putin about war crimes Russian troops have been accused of in Ukraine, or about his relentless crackdown on dissent at home.
Putin said it was up to Washington to stop supplying arms to Ukraine, which he called a US ‘satellite’, and persuade Kiev to negotiate, saying a deal was the way to end the war end.
“We have never refused negotiations,” Putin said. “You have to tell the current Ukrainian leadership to stop and come to a negotiating table.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) attends an interview with US talk show host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow, February 9, 2024
Putin said the West would not succeed in inflicting a “strategic defeat” on Russia in Ukraine and dismissed allegations that Moscow harbored plans to attack Poland or other Nato countries.
Russian media gave the interview blanket coverage on Friday, with major broadcasters showing excerpts and one state news agency describing it as “a dagger through the propaganda curtain of the dishonest media of the civilized world.”
Before leaving Fox, Carlson repeatedly questioned the validity of US support for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion and asked why Americans are told to hate Putin so much. His comments were regularly circulated on Russian state-run media.
Asked why the Kremlin granted Carlson’s interview request from many Western media outlets, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the former Fox host’s position differs from a “one-sided” stance by other outlets.