Russian President Vladimir Putin recently sat down with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in a first Interview with Western media since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war.
Contentious topics, including Russia's perspective on the conflict in Ukraine, criticisms of Western involvement, and Putin's stance on potential peace talks were part of the interview.
The decision to interview Putin by Carlson was criticized before its broadcast. Some labeled it as a platform for Kremlin propaganda. Critics accused Carlson of being lenient with Putin and failing to challenge him on Ukraine and crackdown on Russian dissidents. Tucker Carlson is a right-wing commentator from Fox News and a supporter of Trump.
Defending Russia's actions in Ukraine, Putin blamed Western interference for the conflict. On the detention of Evan Gershkovich, a journalist from the Wall Street Journal, he hinted at the possibility of a prisoner exchange.
Additionally, Putin criticized NATO expansion and raised concerns about the Nord Stream pipeline explosions, while also warning about the risks of unchecked advancements in genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. He called for global oversight in these areas.
Putin emphasized the importance of international negotiations in addressing global threats, stating, "When humanity feels a threat, there will come a period to negotiate how we regulate this.”