Even Elon Musk got involved: conservative American presenter Tucker Carlson, formerly of Fox News, could be subject to sanctions from Brussels because of his interview with the Russian president. In a tweet seen more than 35 million times since its publication on Wednesday, Brian Krassenstein, an American investor claims that “the European Union would seek to obtain sanctions and a ‘travel ban’ against Tucker Carlson for his interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin. »
A fear amplified by Elon Musk to his nearly 172 million subscribers on he commented by relaying Brian Krassenstein’s tweet.
This rumor started from a tweet from an MEP, Guy Verhofstadt, who requested that the EU look into the idea of a “travel ban” targeting the American presenter. In no case does this message constitute an official announcement of a sanction targeting Carlson Tucker.
Indeed, the process for deciding on a sanction at European level is framed : to target a person, a regime or an asset, there must be a decision by consensus within the Council of the European Union, which represents the governments of the member states. These decisions are taken “on the basis of proposals from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and after discussion within the competent working groups of the Council”, explains to 20 minutes a representative of the European Commission. A simple wish expressed by an MEP is therefore not enough.
No ongoing discussions about Tucker Carlson
A spokesperson for the European Council confirms to us that Tucker Carlson is not currently subject to restrictive measures within the EU. Could he be subject to future sanctions? Pro-Kremlin and anti-Ukrainian propagandists have already been targeted by sanctions in the European Union. “I am not in a position to comment or prejudge whether it will be in the future,” replied this spokesperson. The European Council has indicated to our American colleagues from Newsweek that there are no ongoing discussions within the Council regarding Tucker Carlson.
Since the invasion of Ukraine in 2014, the 27 have taken measures against Russian leaders, oligarchs and even Wagner commanders. Those responsible for the massacres in Boutcha and Mariupol, the deportations of Ukrainian children and even missile strikes against civilians also appear on this list.