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Tucker Carlson, the ex-Fox News anchor, has announced his intention to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow soon.

 

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Carlson expressed his intention to interview to provide Americans with comprehensive information on a war in which they are involved.

This would be Mr Putin's first one-on-one interview with a Western journalist after he initiated a comprehensive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The Kremlin has made no official statement at this time.


Subsequently, Russian sources said that the interview lasted around two hours and would be released soon. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Kremlin, stated that the recording was made on Tuesday.


Hanna Maliar, Ukraine's deputy defence minister, said that the only secure interview in this circumstance is the questioning conducted at The Hague.

The comment made pertained to an arrest order issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses Vladimir Putin of committing war crimes and engaging in the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia.


Tucker Carlson's trip to Moscow has garnered extensive attention in Russian state media, which has relentlessly reported his actions.


"There are inherent risks associated with conducting an interview of this nature, and we have thoroughly deliberated on this matter for several months," said Carlson in his announcement video.


Carlson said that he financed his travel to Russia and expressed his desire to interview because the need for more Americans is unaware of the conflict significantly influencing global affairs. He attributed this lack of awareness to the mainstream media.


According to him, Western media have conducted several interviews with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom he has previously labelled as a "dictator," since the commencement of the conflict in Ukraine.


However, Carlson said they are "obsequious gatherings" designed to intensify Mr. Zelensky's request for further American involvement in the conflict.


"This does not qualify as journalism; rather, it can be classified as government propaganda."


Carlson said that Western journalists had yet to make the effort to interview Vladimir Putin.


According to Max Seddon, the Moscow bureau head of the FT, it is noteworthy to express dissatisfaction about the insufficient presence of American journalists covering the Russian perspective of the invasion, especially considering that two American journalists are now incarcerated for precisely that reason. Evan Gershkovich from The Wall Street Journal and Alsu Kurmasheva from Radio Free Europe have been in pre-trial custody since last year.


Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats highlighted that she and her colleagues had to flee their country to continue reporting on the conflict. Yet, Carlson was comfortably broadcasting from a luxurious $1,000 suite at the Ritz in Moscow.


Russian journalists have stringent limitations on their reporting since local media outlets are prohibited from referring to the conflict as a "war" and are instead required to label it as a "special military operation."


The comprehensive incursion of Russia into Ukraine has caused immense destruction to the nation and its people.


The United Nations has attributed responsibility to Russian soldiers for engaging in acts of rape, "extensive" torture, and deaths in Ukraine.


In addition to its unlawful annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has now included four further territories of Ukraine.


Tucker Carlson has consistently supported since the conflict started. Before Russia's invasion, "the animosity towards Putin has become the primary objective of America's foreign policy", although en, “his audience to reflect into the underlying reasons for this sentiment.


"Has Putin ever accused me of being a racist?" Has he threatened to terminate my employment due to my disagreement with him? Carlson said that Russian forces were amassing on the border of Ukraine. "These inquiries are justifiable, and the response to each is Negative." Vladimir Putin did not engage in any of the actions.


Following Russia's invasion, he modified his stance on a subsequent broadcast, asserting that "Vladimir Putin initiated this conflict... He bears responsibility for the current situation unfolding in Ukraine."


The precise timing of the interview remains uncertain. However, Carlson said it would be streamed in real-time without any modifications on his X account. Elon Musk, the site's proprietor, has committed to refrain from suppressing or obstructing the interview.


Tucker Carlson, a highly regarded cable TV presenter in America, suddenly departed from Fox News last year.


During his time at the US network, his broadcasts consistently influenced the priorities and policies of conservatives and, thus, the Republican Party.


He had significant influence as the host of a prominent political talk show from 2016 to 2023 and began a programme on X after that.

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