Vladimir Putin did not back down from expressing his thoughts on Ukraine.
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Tucker Carlson has finally released his long-awaited interview of Vladimir Putin today. In the interview, Putin, the Russian leader, has expressed his opinions and feelings about varied topics, one of them being Ukraine and the war.
Vladimir Putin began expressing his thoughts on Ukraine by saying, “Originally, the word Ukrainian meant that the person was living on the outskirts of the state along the fringes or was engaged in a border patrol service. It didn’t mean any particular ethnic group.”
Tucker Carlson stopped Vladimir Putin’s history lecture and questioned, “You obviously have encyclopedic knowledge of this region, but why didn’t you make this case for the first 22 years as president that Ukraine wasn’t a real country?”
“The Soviet Union was given a great deal of territory that had never belonged to including the Black Sea region, received Bucha at some point, when Russia received them as an outcome of the Russo-Turkish wars, they were called New Russia … but that does not matter. What matters is that Lenin the founder of the Soviet state … established Ukraine that way,” Putin said.
“For decades the Ukrainian Soviet Republic developed as part of the USSR. And for unknown reasons, again, the Bolsheviks were engaged in Ukrainian causation. It was not merely because the Soviet leadership was composed to a great extent of those originating from Ukraine. Rather, it was explained by the general policy of indigenization pursued by the Soviet Union,” the Russian leader added.
“Same things were done in other Soviet republics. This involves promoting national languages and national cultures, which is not a bad in principle,” he said. “That is how the Soviet Ukraine was created. After World War Two Ukraine received in addition to the lands that had belonged to Poland before the war, both of the lands that had previously belonged to Hungary and Romania – So Romania and Hungary had some of their lands taken away and given to the Soviet Ukraine, and they still remain part of Ukrainian.”
“So in this sense, we have every reason to affirm that Ukraine is an artificial state that was shaped at Stalin’s will,” Putin claimed.
Putin baselessly claims Ukraine started war
Putin managed to claim during his interview with Tucker Carlson that Ukraine started the conflict in 2014 and that the invasion in February 2022 was an attempt to stop it.
“We haven’t achieved our aims yet. Because one of them is de-Nazification. This means the prohibition of all kinds of neo-Nazi movements,” he added.
‘We never agreed to NATO’s expansion,’ Putin complains
Putin said, “We agreed with the fact that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, our borders should be along the borders of former Union republics. We agreed to that”.
“We never agreed to NATO’s expansion. And moreover, we never agreed that Ukraine would be in NATO … we did not agree to NATO bases … without any discussion with us for decades we kept asking you don’t do this, don’t do that,” he added.
Putin claims peace talks were close to finalized
Putin claimed in the interview with Carlson that peace talks “reached a very high stage of coordination of positions in a complex process. But still, they were almost finalized”.
“But after we withdrew our troops from Kyiv, as I have already said, the other side threw away all these agreements and obeyed the instructions of Western countries, European countries and the United States to fight Russia to the bitter end,” he added.