If Tucker Carlson’s ambition was to make a word never heard before, as the television host proclaimed before interviewing Vladimir Putin, the exercise was a failure. This two-hour interview, broadcast on the evening of Thursday February 8 and which attracted millions of curious people or admirers of the two men on the social network, revealed nothing new about the Russian president’s vision of Ukraine, the world or his own country. He, on the other hand, was able to present himself to the American public in his best light, that of a reasonable and experienced leader, full of compassion even for America’s errors, without being in the least challenged.
Mr. Putin began this interview, the first with a Western media professional since the invasion of Ukraine, with a quasi-monologue lasting almost half an hour navigating between the Ryurikid dynasty (which ruled the Russia of the 9the in the 16th centurye century), the invasions of Genghis Khan and the Danzig corridor to arrive, archives in hand, at this conclusion formulated a hundred times: “Ukraine is an artificial state” and, according to him, “Ukrainians still feel Russian”.
“Yes, yes, Tucker, we get that every two or three months…”could not help ironizing the Rybar Telegram channel, although ultranationalist – the arrival of Mr. Carlson in Moscow then the announcement of the interview aroused such excitement in Russia that certain pro-power media broadcast or commented in ” direct “ this interview broadcast at 2 a.m.
Another conclusion: “We did not start this war (…). We defend ourselves, we defend our compatriots, our homeland, our future. » The arguments, here again, are known, from the supposed promises of non-enlargement of NATO to the East to ” Rebellion “ of Maidan in 2014. To show his goodwill, Vladimir Putin recalls his discussions with Bill Clinton, at the very beginning of the 2000s, on a possible entry of Moscow into the Atlantic Alliance. “No one listened to us”he repeats several times.
“Don’t you have anything better to do?” »
Despite the enumeration of grievances (since “CIA support for terrorism in the Caucasus” until the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, attributed to Washington), this is the heart of the message that the Russian president sought to convey: that the United States let Moscow resolve what is ultimately only a internal matter. “If you stop supplying weapons [à Kiev], it will be finished in a few weeks”he insisted, judging a defeat for Russia “ impossible “. “Don’t you have anything better to do?” You have problems at your border, problems with migration, problems with your sovereign debt…”
Europeans are reduced to the rank of simple “satellites” playing against their interests.
You have 40% of this article left to read. The rest is reserved for subscribers.