The Kremlin has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has given an interview to the controversial US media persona Tucker Carlson.
The two met on Tuesday and the interview is ready to air on Thursday, in keeping with studies.
It marks the primary time that Mr Putin has been interviewed by Western media since Russia invaded Ukraine almost two years in the past.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated the interview was granted as a result of Carlson’s method differs from the “one-sided” reporting of conventional Western information media.
“When it comes to the countries of the collective West, the large network media, TV channels, (and) large newspapers can in no way boast of even trying to at least look impartial in terms of coverage,” Mr Peskov stated.
“These are all media outlets that take an exceptionally one-sided position. Of course, there is no desire to communicate with such media, and it hardly makes sense, and it is unlikely that it will be useful.”
Mr Peskov added that the president granted the interview with the former Fox News host as a result of “his position is different from the others”.
“It is in no way pro-Russian, it is not pro-Ukrainian – it is pro-American, but at least it contrasts with the position of the traditional Anglo-Saxon media.”
In a video shared on social media web site X on Tuesday, Carlson stated he was interviewing Mr Putin to “inform” Americans.
“Not a single Western journalist has bothered to interview the president of the other country involved in this conflict, Vladimir Putin,” he stated, a declare that has been rejected by journalists overlaying Russia.
Mr Carlson stated there have been “scores” of interviews with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which he described as “fawning pep sessions” to amplify his demand for better US involvement.
“Americans have a right to know about the war they are implicated in,” he added.
He stated the struggle in Ukraine is a “human disaster” that altered longstanding political and commerce realities all through the world.
“And yet the populations of the English-speaking countries seem mostly unaware, they think that nothing has really changed and they think that because nobody has told them the truth,” he stated.
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Carlson, who has been a vocal supporter of Mr Putin, was sacked from Fox News in April final yr.
The firm didn’t give a purpose for his firing on the time, nevertheless it got here simply days after the settlement between Fox and Dominion Voting Systems.
Some of Carlson’s messages have been printed within the authorized tussle and hinted that his non-public views have been very completely different from the rhetoric on his exhibits.