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Tuck­er Carlson’s Explo­sive Inter­view with Vladimir Putin Released

Már­ton Losonczi

Tuck­er Carl­son has just released his thor­ough, two-hour inter­view with Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Evi­dent­ly, the main top­ic of the con­ver­sa­tion was Russia’s ongo­ing inva­sion of Ukraine, with Carl­son vig­or­ous­ly search­ing for the rea­sons why Pres­i­dent Putin decid­ed to launch the invasion.

Tuck­er Carl­son inter­view­ing Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.
Screen­shot of a video post­ed by @TuckerCarlson on X (Twit­ter)

After much build-up, con­sid­er­able back­lash in the inter­na­tion­al press, and even reports of Mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment con­sid­er­ing sanc­tions against Carl­son, the famed Amer­i­can polit­i­cal pundit’s inter­view with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin of Rus­sia has final­ly been released.

Carl­son shared the 2‑hour-long video on the social media plat­form X on Thurs­day, 8 Feb­ru­ary. In less than a day since it was uploaded, it has received over 90 mil­lion views, 700,000 likes, and 50,000 com­ments — as expect­ed, all eyes were on this interview.

In a short pre­lude to the inter­view, Carl­son spec­i­fies that the main top­ic was, evi­dent­ly, Russia’s ongo­ing inva­sion of Ukraine. His main objec­tive was to pry about the rea­sons why Pres­i­dent Putin decid­ed to launch the inva­sion. What he found was that instead of hav­ing stat­ed motives con­cern­ing mod­ern geopolitics,

Putin was most­ly appeal­ing to Russia’s his­tor­i­cal claims to the ter­ri­to­ries of East­ern Ukraine.

As the Pres­i­dent explained, ‘The Russ­ian state start­ed gath­er­ing itself as a cen­tral­ized state­hood, and it is con­sid­ered to be the year of the estab­lish­ment of the Russ­ian state, in 862 AD…In 882…Russia began to devel­op with two cen­tres of pow­er, Kyiv and Nob­gorodm‘.

Pres­i­dent Putin went on to out­line the series of major events in Russ­ian his­to­ry. He told Carl­son that a Ukrain­ian iden­ti­ty dis­tinct from that of Rus­sians came about by the influ­ence of the Pol­ish – Lithuan­ian per­son­al union and the Pope in the late Mid­dle Ages, due to the impe­ri­al­is­tic ambi­tions of Poles and Lithua­ni­ans. Accord­ing to Putin, the ori­gin of the word ‘Ukrain­ian’ is the old Russ­ian word for some­one liv­ing on the fringes of the Empire, or some­one on bor­der patrol duty. He also claimed that there was a pro­pa­gan­da cam­paign by the Aus­tro – Hun­gar­i­an Empire to incite Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist feel­ings in the peo­ple liv­ing in that region of the Russ­ian Empire dur­ing World War I, in an effort to desta­bi­lize and weak­en their Russ­ian enemies.

Pres­i­dent Putin end­ed his brief­ing on Russ­ian his­to­ry, which includ­ed Chair­man Lenin’s par­ti­tion­ing of his­tor­i­cal­ly Russ­ian land to the Ukrain­ian Sovi­et Social­ist Repub­lic, by saying:

‘We have every rea­son to affirm that Ukraine is an arti­fi­cial state that was shaped at Stalin’s will.’

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, his­tor­i­cal Hun­gar­i­an ter­ri­to­ries giv­en to Ukraine after World War I were also men­tioned. When asked point-blank if Hun­gar­i­ans should take back their lands, Putin gave the con­fus­ing answer: ‘one may say that they could claim back those lands of theirs, while hav­ing no right to do that’.

Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orbán of Hun­gary, whom Carl­son had pre­vi­ous­ly inter­viewed as well, was men­tioned by name in this part of the dis­cus­sion. Pres­i­dent Putin force­ful­ly stat­ed that he and PM Orbán had nev­er had any con­ver­sa­tions about Hungary’s pos­si­ble ter­ri­to­r­i­al claims in Ukraine, but he knows that

‘Hun­gar­i­ans who live there want to get their his­tor­i­cal land back’.

Regard­ing more recent his­tor­i­cal events, Pres­i­dent Putin lament­ed the fact that NATO has expand­ed east­wards ‘five times’ since the end of the Cold War, despite promis­es to Rus­sia that they would not do so. He also revealed that, when he first took office, he asked US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton if it was pos­si­ble for Rus­sia to join NATO, and he was told it was not, even though Putin may have been open to join­ing the alliance. Fur­ther­more, Pres­i­dent Putin accused the Amer­i­can intel­li­gence agency CIA of fund­ing ‘ter­ror­ists’ in the Cau­ca­sus region, who are ris­ing up against his government.

Rus­sia Had Nego­ti­at­ed Peace Agree­ment in Place, Boris John­son Tore It Up

This may not be the bomb­shell rev­e­la­tion it seems to be at first glance, as we at Hun­gar­i­an Con­ser­v­a­tive too report­ed on it a year ago — then, we used the pub­lic state­ments of For­mer Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Naf­tali Ben­nett as the source. How­ev­er, Pres­i­dent Putin of Rus­sia has also stat­ed that there in fact had been a nego­ti­at­ed peace set­tle­ment in place in the spring of 2022, with nego­ti­a­tions tak­ing place in Istan­bul, Türkiye. How­ev­er, the West­ern pow­ers, in an effort spear­head­ed by the for­mer British Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son, stepped in and ensured that the peace agree­ment could not go through.

Giv­en Pres­i­dent Putin’s deep emo­tion­al ties to old Russ­ian his­to­ry and his country’s his­tor­i­cal slights, Carl­son rea­son­ably asked the Pres­i­dent if he has any oth­er ter­ri­to­r­i­al claims he is will­ing to go after mil­i­tar­i­ly, such as in Poland or Latvia. Pres­i­dent Putin answered that he unequiv­o­cal­ly does not, and that such actions by him are ‘absolute­ly out of the question’.

After much press­ing by Carl­son, Pres­i­dent Putin claimed that Ukran­ian Pres­i­dent Zelenskyy’s stat­ed inten­tions of ignor­ing the Minks agree­ments was the lat­est cat­a­lyst for him to launch the inva­sion. How­ev­er, Putin does not feel that he was the one who start­ed the aggres­sion, saying:

‘we did not start this war, we are try­ing to stop it’.

Source: hun​gari​an​con​ser​v​a​tive​.com