There have been numerous talking points from Tucker Carlson’s long conversation with Vladimir Putin, but an interesting one was when Vladimir Putin, a stalwart KGB man, mocked Tucker Carlson for his desire and inability to join the CIA.
This seemed to astonish the former Fox News host, who perhaps didn’t expect Putin to have that information. Putin said: “…with the backing of the CIA, of course. The organization you wanted to join back in the day. We should thank God they didn’t let you in. From what I understand, it is a serious organization.”
For the uninitiated, the Russian secret service, the KGB and the American CIA have always been at odds in what became an extension of the Great Game. Putin apparently hasn’t forgotten that particular part of his life, as evidenced by his mockery of Carlson’s inability to join the CIA.
Putin served 15 years as a foreign intelligence officer for the KGB, including six years in Dresden, East Germany. He retired in 1990 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Putin also spoke about the sabotage of the Nord Stream undersea gas pipelines between Germany, Finland and Russia, Putin claimed that the CIA or NATO were behind the sabotage. While Russia was initially blamed for the attack, US officials later maintained that it was committed by a pro-Ukrainian group.
When Carlson asked him who “blow up Nord Stream,” Putin replied: “You, for sure.” When the former Fox News host joked that he was “busy that day,” Putin said, “The CIA has no such alibi.” However, Putin refused to give details about his claims and said he should look for “someone who is interested” and “who has the ability.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin used an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson to urge Washington to recognize Moscow’s interests and persuade Ukraine to sit down for talks.
Putin also said Russia is willing to negotiate a possible prisoner swap that would free Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, detained last March on espionage charges he denies, and hinted that Moscow wants the release of its agent imprisoned in Germany. .
Most of the interview, published Thursday, focused on Ukraine, where the war is approaching two years. Putin reiterated his claim that his invasion of Ukraine, which Kiev and its allies described as an act of unprovoked aggression, was necessary to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine and prevent the country from posing a threat to Russia by joining NATO.
Putin noted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s refusal to hold talks with the Kremlin. He argued that it is up to Washington to stop supplying weapons to Ukraine and convince Kiev, which he called a “satellite” of the United States, to come to the negotiating table.
With contributions from agencies