Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has finally confirmed the rumors and announced his highly anticipated interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Speculation has been mounting over whether Carlson’s visit to Moscow could include an interview with Putin.
Carlson, the world’s leading independent journalist, arrived in the Russian capital this month where he was spotted attending the Bolshoi Theater, Russian news outlet Mash reported.
Rumors quickly grew about possible motives behind his visit.
On Monday, Russian newspaper Izvestia published a video of Carlson responding to whether he would possibly interview Putin.
“We’ll see,” Carlson told the person behind the camera.
When the individual pointed out that news of his visit to Russia “blew up” in the United States, Carlson said: “They’re crazy, really crazy.”
“I love [Moscow]; it’s a beautiful city,” Carlson told the individual, after learning he was from the Russian capital.
In August, Kremlin-linked Russian reporter Margarita Simonyan said that Carlson had requested to interview Putin.
Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Russian state-controlled media organization RT, formerly Russia Today, made the comment during a broadcast on state TV channel Russia-1.
“Tucker is doing a great job,” she said.
“By the way, he’s really asking for an interview with Vladimir Putin!
“It would be great if someone hears this and gets this message to the president.”
A few weeks later, Carlson revealed Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration was blocking him from interviewing Putin.
“I tried to interview Vladimir Putin, and the U.S. government stopped me,” he told Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche in an article published in September.
“By the way, nobody defended me.
“I don’t think there was anybody in the news media who said, ‘Wait a second. I may not like this guy, but he has a right to interview anyone he wants, and we have a right to hear what Putin says.’
“You’re not allowed to hear Putin’s voice.
“Because why? There was no vote on it.
“No one asked me,” Carlson said.
“I’m 54 years old.
“I’ve paid my taxes and followed the law.”
On Tuesday, Carlson posted a new video to confirm the rumors and announce his interview with Putin.
He revealed that the full interview will follow shortly.
“We’re here to interview the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin,” Carlson said in the video.
“We’ll be doing that soon.
“There are risks to conducting an interview like this, obviously.
“So we’ve thought about it carefully over many months.
“Two years into a war that is reshaping the entire world, most Americans are not informed.
“Most Americans have no idea why Putin invaded Ukraine or what his goals are now,” he said.
“We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin…
“We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview, but we are urging you to watch it.
“You should know as much as you can.”