Tucker Carlson visits to Russia draws speculation of Putin interview

Tucker Carlson, a former Fox News host who now has a show on the social media platform X, has been spotted in Moscow in recent days

Former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson may be interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the US citizen makes his first visit to the Eurasian country at odds with the West over its military operation against Ukraine.

According to Russian media, Tucker Carlson is presently in Moscow, and there are rumors that he may interview Vladimir Putin, although there has been no confirmation from his side.

Without ruling out the idea of a face-to-face meeting with the Russian leader, he responded to a query about the interview with “We’ll see.”

His statements were published by the Russian daily Izvestia on Monday after he was approached by a fan in a hotel in the Russian capital.

“I wanted to talk to [people] and walk around and see how it was doing. And it was doing very well,” Carlson said who now hosts his program on X — formerly called Twitter.

Pictures and videos surfaced on social media of Carlson in Moscow. He had earlier expressed his desire to sit with the Russian President and claimed that his efforts to arrange such a meeting years ago made him “a target of the US government surveillance”.

Independent Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr., commenting in support of the journalist, stated that “[Tucker Carlson] has every right to interview Putin.” He also stated that Americans “need more transparency instead of less.”

In response to a question during an interview with Putin, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated: “We can hardly be expected to provide information on the movement of foreign journalists,” adding that “many foreign journalists come to Russia every day, many continue to work here, and we welcome this.”

“We have nothing to announce in terms of the president’s interviews with foreign media,” the spokesperson added.

The Mash, a Telegram channel alleged to be affiliated with Russia, posted a photo of the 54-year-old journalist visiting the Spartacus ballet at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on Saturday.

Carlson unexpectedly quit Fox News in April of last year, when he had acquired fame.

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He gained prominence in Russia after frequently expressing his concerns about Moscow’s participation in US elections following Donald Trump’s election.

The journalist has also criticized the West’s backing for Ukraine, blaming his country’s friends for Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, which began in February 2022. He has also criticized Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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