In an extraordinary two-hour interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down with American journalist Tucker Carlson to discuss a wide array of topics, ranging from global politics to the role of artificial intelligence in today’s society. Here are the key highlights from their conversation:
1. The Nord Stream Conundrum
The interview began with a fiery exchange over the Nord Stream gas pipeline. When Carlson asked, “Who’s responsible for blowing up Nord Stream?”
Putin didn’t mince words: “You, undoubtedly.” Carlson, taken aback, defended himself, claiming he was busy that day. But Putin countered, pointing out that the CIA had no such alibi.
The tension escalated as Russian intelligence services revealed evidence of the CIA’s covert efforts to destabilize the Russian government.
2. Power Dynamics in America
Putin asserted that the United States is effectively governed by intelligence agencies—the CIA, to be precise—and not just the president. He emphasized that the world is evolving, and U.S. politicians must adapt to new geopolitical realities. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine served as a backdrop for their discussion.
3. Seeking Peace in Ukraine
Carlson pressed Putin on Ukraine, asking if he desired a negotiated settlement. Putin’s response was unequivocal: “We were ready to sign it, and the war could have ended long ago—18 months ago.”
He urged an immediate halt to weapon supplies, emphasizing that peace could be achieved within weeks if arms shipments ceased.
4. The Dollar’s Decline and Russia-China Relations
Putin criticized U.S. policies that undermine the dollar’s value. Remarkably, Russia had set a $200 billion target for trade with China using the yuan instead of the dollar.
They’ve already surpassed that goal, reaching $230–$240 billion. Putin cautioned that the U.S. is unwittingly weakening its own currency.
5. AI: Friend or Foe?
In an unexpected twist, Putin advocated for formalizing artificial intelligence (AI) and subjecting it to specific rules. He acknowledged that Carlson’s questions were complex, highlighting the need for thoughtful regulation in this rapidly evolving field.
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