During the interview with Tucker Carlson, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stated that the war in Ukraine “did not start in 2022,” but rather was a result of a 2014 coup in the country, directly backed by the CIA.
Putin recalled the moment he decided he had to invade, noting “Initially it was the coup in Ukraine that provoked the conflict.”
Putin claimed that a decade ago the United States proposed a joint effort for a diplomatic settlement in Ukraine and then President Yanukovich agreed not to deploy troops or police. However, an armed opposition, which Putin alleges was run by the CIA, orchestrated a coup in Kyiv.
Putin further stated that “the representatives of three countries, Germany, Poland, and France, arrived. They were the guarantors of the signed agreement. Despite that, the opposition committed a coup and all of these countries pretended that they didn’t remember they were guarantors of the peaceful settlement.”
He continued, “President Yanukovich agreed to all conditions which included holding an early election he had no chance of winning”, Putin stated, adding “Why the coup? Why the victims? Why threaten Crimea? Why threaten the Donbas? That’s what I don’t understand.”
“The CIA did its job to complete the coup,” he continued, adding “The political mistake was colossal. All this could be done without victims.”
Putin went on to slam NATO, saying that it continually defied Russia’s demands not to expand closer to Russian territory.
“We never agreed to NATO’s expansion and we never agreed Ukraine would be in NATO”, he said, adding “For decades we kept asking, ‘don’t do this, don’t do that.’”
“The current Ukraine leadership said it would not implement the current Minsk agreements where a plan for the peaceful settlement in Donbas was set forth,” Putin further stated, adding, “Ukraine officials said they did not like anything about the Minsk agreements, in other words, they were not going to implement it… they simply led us by the nose”
Elsewhere in the interview, Putin also claimed that the CIA destroyed the Nordstream pipeline, stating “It is clear to the whole world what happened then. Even American analysts talk about it directly. It’s true.”
Putin’s CIA comments come in the wake of former CIA agent Jack Devine predicting that the Russian president will soon be overthrown in a ‘Black Swan’ palace coup.
Elsewhere in the interview, Putin suggested that former British Prime Minster Boris Johnson was instrumental in sabotaging peace negotiations.
Putin also brutally mocked Joe Biden, saying he has no reason to talk to the US president and that he warned Biden before the invasion that the US was making a “mistake of historic proportions” by acting in lockstep with NATO over Ukraine.
Interview w/ Putin given by Tucker himself. It is worth every minute watching and listening to (9:30 min). This interview will be dissected by many (and rightly so) who need to better understand the drivers of war and peace, diplomacy and statecraft, global leadership and global power and who does and does not make decisions. Speaking for myself, I found the interview fascinating, at times, somewhat confusing until I understood the key point—and Tucker states that in this analysis when he uses the word “wounded.” In history, great powers compete, but there has always been a modicum of respect for their power. You would be an idiot to not respect the power, especially of the largest nuclear armed nation on the planet. And maybe that’s the point. While we have “smart” people in key positions in the USG, as I’ve learned in my own lifetime of experiences, smart people do stupid things all the time…and boy have we done some really dumb things since the end of the Cold War when it comes to Russia. Imagine if we had invited Russia to become a NATO member nation? What a completely different world would we live in now. But no, we must maintain a bogeyman and that now has us on the potential brink of nuclear war. That’s the definition of stupid.
The Tucker interview with Putin is terrifying because I’m trying to imagine Joe Biden outwitting Putin on any single topic and honestly I can’t. Not one! Biden can’t remember when his son died or when he was VP and Putin is reciting ninth century history off the cuff!!!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 9, 2024
“America is run by ‘Nutcases’ and Victoria Nuland is a Poisonous Moron…” -Tucker Carlson after interviewing President Putin which has received over 100M+ views.pic.twitter.com/k2b0nn0A38
— Liz Churchill (@liz_churchill10) February 9, 2024
Two things can be true at once:
(1) Tucker did a fine job in that Putin interview;
(2) Putin, a clever and able anti-American dictator, used the interview to falsely justify a barbaric invasion of a sovereign country, and offered no off-ramp to a war he believes he is winning.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 9, 2024
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