No big news in rewritten Putin interview

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Published 9 February 2024 at 08.33

Foreign. American journalist Tucker Carlson's previously highly publicized interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin contained no major news when it was finally published on Friday night Swedish time.

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In the interview, Putin repeated essentially the same things as in his televised address to the nation ahead of the war in Ukraine in 2022, where he rambled on about Russian history, de-Nazification and so on.

When Carlson asked However, Putin specified what he meant by de-Nazification in a way he had not done before, and stated that it meant that within the framework of a possible peace agreement with Russia, Ukraine must ban Nazi organizations.

Some observers have previously interpreted the Russian demand for “de-Nazification” as a demand for regime change in the whole of Ukraine, but it was not.

As an example of the alleged need for de-Nazification, Putin mentioned this fall's bizarre tribute ritual in Canada's parliament, where the country's liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the entire parliament gave a standing ovation to a Nazi war criminal from the Waffen SS.

After the ritual, however, it emerged that the celebrated SS man had not only engaged in persecution Russians but also probably Jews, which led to the bizarre event becoming a media frenzy in Canada as well and to the fact that the Speaker of the Parliament Anthony Rota was forced to resign.

Vladimir Putin was also asked about the American journalist Evan Gershkovich, who sits in prison for espionage in Russia. According to Putin, there is no end in itself in keeping the journalist imprisoned and the conditions for a possible release are currently being discussed with US authorities, according to Putin.