- Tucker Carlson has interviewed the Russian president and it will broadcast soon
- Rapper Meek Mill thought it would help his understanding of Ukraine war
- ‘See what’s going on before we get caught in a war we have nothing to do with’
Tucker Carlson has been condemned by Western journalists and threatened with travel bans in Europe for his upcoming interview with Vladimir Putin – but appears to have one celebrity supporting his sit-down with the Russian president.
Rapper Meek Mill, who was arrested numerous times in 2012 to 2019, appeared to think the interview would inform his understanding of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
‘Let me see what’s going on before we get caught in a war we don’t have nothing to do with,’ he wrote on Twitter.
The US has given over $75billion worth of weapons and humanitarian aid to Ukraine since Russian troops invaded on February 24, 2022, but neither it nor its NATO allies have plans for military intervention.
Rapper Meek Mill appeared to think Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin would help his understanding of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, had plenty of support from his followers, who objected to sending more money to Ukraine.
Carlson has already interviewed Putin, in the Russian strongman’s first interview to a Western journalist since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The former Fox host released a video from Moscow on Tuesday in which he said he would be interviewing Putin and less than 24 hours later, the Kremlin confirmed the sit-down happened.
Carlson has a long history of making statements sympathetic to Putin and coming close to giving support for his brutal invasion.
The only reason the Kremlin agreed to the interview, after regularly knocking back requests from other Western media, is his thinly veiled pro-Russian stance.
When it comes to the countries of the collective West, we are talking about large online media, traditional television channels, large newspapers, which cannot boast of attempts to at least look impartial in terms of coverage,’ Russian Government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
‘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.
‘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.’
Carlson could be subjected to sanctions, including travel bans, from the European Union due to his activities in Russia.
Former Belgian Prime Minister and current member of the European Union Parliament Guy Verhofstadt told Newsweek that as the Russian president is considered a ‘war criminal’, it was ‘logical’ an investigation be held into Carlson.
Verhofstadt also called for a ‘travel ban’ against Carlson and described the host as a ‘mouthpiece’ for Donald Trump, who has long been criticized for his pro-Kremlin views.
Any investigation into Trump would be conducted by the EU’s European External Action Service, or EEAS, which is essentially the 27-nation bloc’s foreign ministry.
Putin has heavily limited his contact with international media since he launched the war in Ukraine in February 2022
Former Belgian Prime Minister and current member of the European Union Parliament Guy Verhofstadt said as the Russian president is considered a ‘war criminal’ it’s ‘logical’ that an investigation be held into Carlson
Verhofstadt also tweeted: ‘The real journalists in Russia are in jail or had to flee! Carlson is Putin’s mouthpiece and an enemy of everything the US stands for – no more, no less.’
Following the publication of the interview, Carlson’s friends in the American far right chimed in.
‘The same EU globalist scum are trying to bully Elon Musk in to censorship with criminal prosecution threats. Now they are moving in on Tucker! We must stand together for free speech,’ Sandy Hook school shooting denier conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wrote.
‘The EU is considering sanctions against Tucker Carlson for interviewing Putin. This is little more than an admission that they have been lying about everything regarding Ukraine,’ commentator Candace Owens wrote.
‘This narrative is about to fully collapse and they are terrified,’ she added.
‘Was there ever any doubt they would come for Tucker Carlson to daring to interview Putin? Rest assured there are those in power in the US who want to do the same as the EU,’ columnist and attorney Phil Holloway tweeted.
Carlson claimed that Western journalists had interviewed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy multiple times but could not be ‘bothered’ to interview the Russian president.
Putin has heavily limited his contact with international media since he launched the war in Ukraine in February 2022.
Russian authorities have cracked down on media, forcing some independent Russian outlets to close, blocking others and ordering a number of foreign reporters to leave the country.
Two journalists working for U.S. news organizations — The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovich and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Alsu Kurmasheva — are in jail on charges they reject.
Western journalists were invited to Putin’s annual press conference in December — the first since the war began — but only two were given the chance to ask a question.
Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Carlson was chosen for the interview because ‘he has a position which differs’ from other English-language media.
Peskov also rejected Carlson’s suggestion that no Western journalists had submitted requests to interview Putin.
He said the Kremlin has received many requests from large Western television channels and newspapers which, he asserted, ‘take a one-sided position.’
Carlson’s position, Peskov said, ‘is in no way pro-Russian, nor pro-Ukrainian, but rather pro-American.’
The interview with Putin, Carlson said in his video, will be distributed for free on his website and on X, formerly known as Twitter. Carlson who was fired by Fox News in April, announced he was starting his own streaming service in December.
Russian state media on Wednesday extensively covered Carlson’s visit.
Vladimir Solovyev, one of Russia’s most famous television hosts, said the interview would ‘break through the blockade and the narrative that exists’ in Western media which, he said, focuses on ‘Putin’s unprovoked, brutal invasion of Ukraine.’
Solovyev, whose show is often critical of Western media, said Carlson is ‘feared’ because he does not align with that narrative.
Carlson worked at Fox News for more than a decade and hosted a show where he discussed conspiracy theories about Russia and the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Fox offered no explanation for his firing.