In a highly anticipated interview with former Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country’s invasion of Ukraine, asserting that it was necessary to prevent the former Soviet state from joining NATO and posing a threat to Russia’s security.
During the interview, which aired on X and official website of Tucker Carlson, Putin denied having territorial ambitions across Europe, insisting that Russia would only send troops into neighbouring countries if attacked first.
He emphasized that his government was committed to fighting for its interests “to the end” but reiterated that there was no intention to expand the conflict to other nations such as Poland and Latvia.
“Invading Ukraine was necessary to stop the country from threatening Russia by joining NATO,” Putin stated, highlighting his concerns about the Western military alliance’s proximity to Russian borders.
Despite ongoing international condemnation and sanctions against Russia, Putin expressed openness to negotiations for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
However, he emphasized that such a resolution would only be possible if the United States ceased supplying weapons to Ukraine, a move he believes exacerbates the situation.
Putin revealed that his government had been in contact with the United States and suggested that a deal could be reached to secure the release of jailed US journalist Evan Gershkovich.
He hinted at the possibility of a prisoner swap involving the Wall Street Journal reporter, signalling potential diplomatic efforts to ease tensions between Russia and the United States.
Regarding the 2024 US presidential election, Putin dismissed suggestions that a change in administration could lead to a different approach to the war in Ukraine. He asserted that it was not a matter of leadership but rather the mindset of the American elite.
The interview with Tucker Carlson provided a platform for Putin to present his perspective on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and address international concerns about Russia’s actions in the region.
However, his justifications for the invasion and denial of territorial ambitions are likely to face continued skepticism from the international community.
As tensions persist and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine deepens, efforts to negotiate a peaceful resolution remain imperative.
The international community, including the United States and European allies, will closely monitor developments and continue to seek diplomatic solutions to the crisis.
The interview with Putin comes at a critical juncture in the conflict, with the eyes of the world watching closely for any signs of progress towards a resolution.
However, with both sides entrenched in their positions, achieving lasting peace remains a formidable challenge.
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