Transcript of Interview Between Tucker Carlson and Vladimir Putin

Transcript of Interview Between Tucker Carlson and Vladimir Putin conducted on 2/6/24

February 9, 2024

[00:00:00] Tucker Carlson: The following is an interview with the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, shot February 6th, 2024 at about 7 p. m. in the building behind us, which is of course the Kremlin. The interview, as you will see if you watch it, is primarily about the war in progress, the war in Ukraine, how it started, what's happening, and most presently how it might end.

One note before you watch. At the beginning of the interview, we asked the most obvious question, which is why did you do this? Did you feel a threat, an imminent physical threat? And that's your justification. And the answer we got shocked us. Putin went on for a very long time, probably half an hour, about the history of Russia going back to the 8th century.

And, honestly, we thought this was a filibustering technique and found it annoying and interrupted him several times. And he responded he was annoyed, uh, by the interruption. But we concluded in the end, for what it's worth, that it was not a filibustering technique. There was no time limit on the interview.

We ended it after more than two hours. Instead, what you're about to see seem to us sincere, whether you agree with it or not. Vladimir Putin believes that Russia has a historic claim to parts of Western Ukraine. So our opinion would be to view it in that light as a sincere expression of what he thinks.

And with that, here it is. Mr. President, thank you. On February 22nd, 2022, you addressed your country in a nationwide address when the conflict in Ukraine started. And you said that you were acting because you had come to the conclusion that the United States, through NATO, might initiate a, quote, surprise attack on our country.

And to American ears, that sounds paranoid. Tell us why you believe the United States might strike Russia out of the blue. How did you conclude that?

[00:01:54] Vladimir Putin: It's not that America, the United States was going to launch a surprise strike in Russia. I didn't say that. Are we having a talk show or a serious conversation? ,

[00:02:06] Tucker Carlson: here's the quote. Thank you. It's a formidable series.

[00:02:14] Vladimir Putin: Because your basic education is in history as far as I understand. Yes. So if you don't mind, I will take only 30 seconds or one minute to give you a short reference to history for giving you a little historical background. Please.

Let's look where our relationship with Ukraine started from. Where did Ukraine come from? The Russian state started gathering itself as a centralized statehood, and it is considered to be the year of the establishment of the Russian state. In 862, when the townspeople of Novgorod invited a Varangian prince, Rurik, from Scandinavia to reign.

In 1862, Russia celebrated the 1000 anniversary of its statehood.

And in NoGo there is a memorial dedicated to the 1000 anniversary of the country in 882. Roik successor Prince Oleg, who was actually playing the role of Regent at Rigs Young son.

Because Rurik had died by that time, came to Kiev.

He asked the two brothers who apparently had once been members of Rurik squad,

so Russia began to develop with two centers of power.

The next very significant date in the history of Russia was 988. This was the baptism of Russia when Prince Vladimir, the great grandson of Rurik, baptized Russia and adopted orthodoxy or eastern Christianity. From this time, the centralized Russian state began to strengthen. Why? Because of the single territory integrated economic size, one in the same language, n after the baptism of Russia.

The same faith and rule of the prince. The centralized Russian state began to take shape. Back in the Middle Ages, Prince Yaroslav the Wise introduced the order of succession to a throne.

But after he passed away, it became complicated for various reasons.

The throne was passed not directly from father to eldest son, but from the prince who had passed away to his brother, then to his sons in different lines. All this led to the fragmentation and the end of Rus as a single state. There was nothing special about it. The same was happening then in Europe. But the fragmented Russian state became an easy prey to the empire created earlier by King Iskhan.

His successors, namely Batuhan, came to Rus, plundered and ruined nearly all the cities. The southern part, including Kiev, by the way, and some other cities simply lost independence, while northern cities preserved some of their sovereignty. They had to pay tribute to the Horde, but they managed to preserve some part of their sovereignty.

And then, a unified Russian state began to take shape with its center in Moscow. The southern part of Russian lands, including Kiev, began to gradually gravitate towards another magnet, the center that was emerging in Europe.

This was the Grand Dutchy of Lithuania. It was even called the Lithuanian Russian Dutchy because Russians were a significant part of this population. They spoke the old Russian language and were Orthodox,

but then there was a unification, the Union of the Grand Dutchy of Lithuania. And the kingdom of Poland. A few years later, another union was signed, but this time already in the religious sphere, some of the Orthodox priests became subordinate to the Pope. Thus, these lands became part of the Polish Lithuanian state.

During decades, the Poles were engaged in polonization of this part of the population. They introduced a language there, tried to entrench the idea that this population was not exactly Russians, that because they lived on the fringe, they were Ukrainians.

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. So the Poles were trying to In every possible way to polonize this part of the Russian lands and actually treated it rather harshly, not to say cruelly.

All that led to the fact that this part of the Russian lands began to struggle for their rights. They wrote letters to Warsaw demanding that their rights be observed and people be commissioned here including to Kiev. I beg your pardon, could you tell us

[00:08:09] Tucker Carlson: what period, I'm losing track of where in history we are, the Polish oppression

[00:08:14] Vladimir Putin: of Ukraine.

It was in the 13th century.

Now I will tell you what happened later

and give the dates so that there is no confusion. And in 1654, even a bit earlier.

The people who were in control of the authority over that part of the Russian lands, uh, uh, addressed Warsaw, I repeat, demanding that they send them to rulers of Russian origin and orthodox faith. When Warsaw did not answer them, and in fact rejected their demands, they turned to Moscow so that Moscow took them away.

So that you don't think that I'm inventing things,

I'll give you these documents. Well, I I,

[00:09:21] Tucker Carlson: it doesn't sound like you're inventing it. I'm, I'm not. I'm not sure why it's relevant to what happened two years

[00:09:26] Vladimir Putin: ago. But still, these are documents from the archives, copies. Here are the letters from Bogdan Khmelnitsky, the man who then controlled the power in this part of the Russian lands.

That is now called Ukraine. He wrote to Warsaw, demanding that their rights be upheld. And after being refused, he began to write letters to Moscow, asking to take them under the strong hand of the Moscow Tsar. There are copies of these documents. I will leave them for your good memory. There is a translation into Russian.

You can translate it into English later. Russia would not agree to admit them straight away, assuming that the war with Poland would start. Nevertheless, in 1654, the Pan Russian Assembly of top clergy and landowners, headed by the Tsar, which was the representative body of the power of the old Russian state, decided to include a part of the old Russian lands into Moscow Kingdom.

As expected, the war with Poland began. It lasted 13 years and then, in 1654, a truce was concluded. And 32 years later, I think, a peace treaty with Poland, which they called Eternal Peace, was signed. And these lands, the whole left bank of Dnieper, including Kiev, went to Russia. And the whole right bank of Dnieper remained in Poland.

Under the rule of Catherine the Great, Russia reclaimed all of its historical lands, including in the south and west. This all lasted until the revolution before World War I. Austrian general staff relied on the ideas of Ukrainian and started actively promoting the ideas of Ukraine and the Ukrainian.

Their motive was obvious. Just before World War I, they wanted to weaken the potential enemy and secure themselves favorable conditions in the border area. So the idea which had emerged in Poland that people residing in that territory were allegedly not really Russians, but rather belonged to a special ethnic group, Ukrainians, started being propagated by the Austrian General Staff.

As far back as the 19th century, theorists calling for Ukrainian independence appeared. All those, however, claim that Ukraine should have a very good relationship with Russia. They insisted on that. After the 1917 revolution, the Bolsheviks sought to restore the statehood and the civil war began, including the hostilities with Poland.

In 1921, peace with Poland was signed. Poland was proclaimed and under that treaty. The right bank of Nipple River, once again was given back to Poland

in 1939. After Poland cooperated with Hitler, it did collaborate with Hitler. You know, Hitler offered Poland peace and a Treaty of Friendship.

And Alliance demanding in return that Poland give back to Germany. The so-called Vanik Corridor, which connected the bulk of Germany with East Russia and Burg, uh, Berg.

After World War I, this territory was transferred to Poland and instead of Danzig, a city of Dsk emerged. Mr. Hitler asked them to give it amicably, but they refused. Of course, still they collaborated with Hitler and engaged together in the partitioning of Czechoslovakia.

[00:13:47] Tucker Carlson: May I ask you, you're making the case that that Ukraine, certainly parts of Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, is in effect, Russia has been for hundreds of years.

Why wouldn't you just take it when you became president? 24 years ago. You have nuclear weapons. They don't if it's actually your land. Why did you wait so long? Sure.

[00:14:07] Vladimir Putin: I'll tell you I'm coming to that This briefing is coming to an end. It might be boring, but it explains many things. You just don't know how it's relevant Good.

I'm so gratified that you appreciate that. Thank you. So, before World War II, Poland collaborated with Hitler, and although it did not yield to Hitler's demands, It still participated in the partitioning of Czechoslovakia together with Hitler, as the Poles had not given the Danzig Corridor to Germany and went too far, pushing Hitler to start World War II by attacking them.

Why was it Poland against whom the war started on 1st September 1939? Poland turned out to be uncompromising and Hitler had nothing to do but start implementing his plans with Poland. By the way, the U-S-S-R-I have read some archive documents, behaved very honestly, it asked Poland's permission to transit its troops through the Polish territory to help Czechoslovakia.

But the then Polish foreign minister said that if the Soviet planes flew over Poland, they would be downed over the territory of Poland, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that the war begun and Poland fell prey to the policies it had pursuit against. Czechoslovakia is under the well-known Mata Ribbon Shop Pact, part of the territory, including Western Ukraine.

was to be given to Russia. Thus, Russia, which was then named the USSR, regained its historical lands. After the victory in the Great Patriotic War, as we call World War II, all those territories were ultimately enshrined as belonging to Russia. Today, USSR As for Poland, it received apparently in compensation, the lands, which had originally been German,

the eastern parts of Germany. These are now Western lands of Poland. Of course, Poland regained access to the Baltic Sea and Danzig. Which was once again given its Polish name. So this was how this situation developed in 1922, when the USSR was being established. The VIC started building the USSR and established the Soviet Ukraine, which had never existed before.


Stalin insisted that those republics be included in the USSR as autonomous entities. For some inexplicable reason, Lenin, the founder of the Soviet State, insisted that they be entitled to withdraw from the USSR. And, again, for some unknown reasons, he transferred to that newly established Soviet Republic of Ukraine some of the lands together with people living there, even though those lands had never been called Ukraine, and yet they were made part of that Soviet Republic of Ukraine.

Those lands included the Black Sea region, which was received under Catherine the Great and which had no historical connection with Ukraine whatsoever. Even if we go as far back as 1654, when these lands returned to Russian Empire, that territory was the size of three to four regions of modern Ukraine, with no Black Sea region.

That was completely out of the question. In 1654. Exactly

[00:18:10] Tucker Carlson: what I'm just, I, 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?

[00:18:26] Vladimir Putin: The Soviet Union was given a great deal of territory that had never belonged to it, including the Black Sea region. At some point, when Russia received them as an outcome of the Russo Turkish wars, they were called New Russia or Novorossiya. But that does not matter. What matters is that Lenin, the founder of the Soviet state, established Ukraine that way.

For decades, the Ukrainian Soviet Republic developed as part of the USSR. And for unknown reasons, again, The Bolsheviks were engaged in Ukrainianization. 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.

Same things were done in other Soviet republics. This involved promoting national languages and national cultures, which is not bad in principle. That is how the Soviet Ukraine was created. After the World War II, Ukraine received, in addition to the lands that had belonged to Poland before the war, part 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 Ukraine. So in this sense, we have every reason to affirm that Ukraine is an artificial state that was shaped at Stalin's will. Do you believe


[00:19:59] Tucker Carlson: has a right to take its land back from Ukraine and that other nations have a right to go back to their 1654 borders?

[00:20:12] Vladimir Putin: I'm not sure whether they should go back to the 1654 borders. But given Stalin's time, so called Stalin's regime, which, as many claim, saw numerous violations of human rights and violations of the rights of other states.

One may say that they could claim back those lands of theirs, while having no right to do that. It is at least understandable. Have

[00:20:44] Tucker Carlson: you told Viktor Orban that he can have part of Ukraine?

[00:20:51] Vladimir Putin: Never. I have never told him. Not a single time.

We have not even had any conversation on that, but I actually know for sure that Hungarians who lived there wanted to get back to their historical land. Moreover, I would like to share a very interesting story with you. I digress, it's a personal one. Somewhere in the early 80s, I went on a road trip in a car from then Leningrad, across the Soviet Union, through Kiev, made a stop in Kiev, and then went to Western Ukraine.

I went to the town of In all the names of towns and villages, they were in Russian and, in the language I did not understand, in Hungarian, in Russian and in Hungarian. Not in Ukrainian, in Russian, and in Hungarian. I was driving through some kind of village and there were men sitting next to the houses and they were wearing black three piece suits and black cylinder hats.

I asked, are they some kind of entertainers? I was told, no, they were not entertainers, they are Hungarians. I said, what are they doing here? What do you mean? This is their land. They live here. This was during the Soviet time, in the 1980s. They preserved the Hungarian language, Hungarian names, and all their national costumes.

They are Hungarians and they feel themselves to be Hungarians. And of course, when now there is an infringement. Well,

[00:22:33] Tucker Carlson: that, that is, and there's a lot of that, though. I think many nations are upset about Transylvania as well, as you obviously know, but many nations feel frustrated by the redrawn borders of the wars of the 20th century and wars going back a thousand years, the ones that you mentioned.

But the fact is that you didn't make this case in public until two years ago, February. And in the case that you made, which I read today. You explain at great length that you felt a physical threat from the West in nato, including potentially a nuclear threat, and that's what got you to move. Is that a fair characterization of what you said?

[00:23:15] Vladimir Putin: I understand that my long speech is probably fall outside of the genre of the interview. That is why I asked you at the beginning, are we going to have a serious talk or a show? You said a serious talk, so bear with me please. We're coming to the point where the Soviet Ukraine was established. Then, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and everything that Russia had generously bestowed on Ukraine was dragged away by the latter.

I don't know. I'm coming to a very important point of today's agenda. Thank you. After all, the collapse of the Soviet Union was effectively initiated by the Russian leadership. I do not understand what the Russian leadership was guided by at the time, but I suspect there were several reasons to think everything would be fine.

First, I think that then Russian leadership believed that the fundamentals of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine were in fact a common language. More than 90% of the population there spoke Russian

family size. Every third person there had some kind of family or friendship ties. Common culture, common history, finally, common faith, coexistence with a single state for centuries, and deeply interconnected economies. All of these were so fundamental. All these elements together make our good relationships inevitable.

The second point is a very important one. I want you as an American citizen and your viewers to hear about this as well. The former Russian leadership assumed that the Soviet Union had ceased to exist. And therefore, there were no longer any ideological dividing lines. Russia even agreed voluntarily and proactively to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and believed that this would be understood by the so called civilized West as an invitation for cooperation and association.

That is what Russia was expecting, both from the United States and the so called collective West as a whole. There were smart people, including in Germany, Egon Barr, a major politician of the Social Democratic Party, who insisted in his personal conversations with the Soviet leadership on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, that a new security system should be established in Europe.

Help should be given to unify Germany, but a new system should be also established to include the United States, Canada, Russia and other Central European countries. Yes. But NATO needs not to expand. That's what he said. If NATO expands, everything would be just the same as during the Cold War. Only closer to Russia's borders.

That's all. He was a wise old man, but no one listened to him. In fact, he got angry once if he said, you don't listen to me. I'm never setting my foot in Moscow once again. Everything happened just as he had said.

[00:26:56] Tucker Carlson: Well, of course, it did come true. And I, and you've mentioned this many times. I think it's a fair point.

And many in America thought that relations between Russia and the United States would be fine with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, that the opposite happened. But you've never explained why you think that happened, except to say that the West fears a strong Russia, but we have a strong China the West does not seem very afraid of.

What about Russia, do you think? The

[00:27:28] Vladimir Putin: West is afraid of strong China more than it fears a strong Russia. Because Russia has 150 million people, and China has 1. 5 billion population, and its economy is growing by leaps and bounds, over 5 percent a year, it used to be even more. But that's enough for China. As Bismarck once put it, Potentials are the most important.

China's potential is enormous. It is the biggest economy in the world today, in terms of purchasing power parity, and the size of the economy. It has already overtaken the United States quite a long time ago, and it is growing at a rapid clip. Let's not talk about who is afraid of whom, let's not reason in such terms, and let's get into the fact that after 1991, when Russia expected that it would be welcomed into the brotherly family of civilized nations, nothing like this happened.

You tricked us. I don't mean you, personally, when I say you. Of course, I'm talking about the United States. The promise was that NATO would not expand eastward. But it happened five times. There were five waves of expansion. We tolerated all that. We were trying to persuade them. We were saying, please don't.

We are as bourgeois now as you are. We are market economy and there is no communist party power. Let's negotiate. Moreover, I have also said this publicly before, there was a moment when. A certain rift started growing between us. Before that, Yeltsin came to the United States, remember, he spoke in Congress and said the good words, God bless America, everything he said were signals, let us in.

Remember the developments in Yugoslavia? Before the Yeltsin was lavished with praise, as soon as the developments in Yugoslavia started, he raised his voice in support of Serbs, and we couldn't but raise our voices for Serbs in their defense. I understand that there were complex processes underway there, I do, but Russia could not help raising its voice in support of Serbs.

Because Serbs are also a special and close to us nation, with orthodox culture and so on. It's a nation that has suffered so much for generations. Well, regardless, what is important is that Yeltsin expressed his support. What did the United States do? In violation of international law and the UN Charter, it started bombing Belgrade.

It was the United States that let the genie out of the bottle. Moreover, when Russia protested and expressed its resentment, what was said, the UN Charter and international law have become obsolete. Now, everyone invokes international law, but at that time they started saying that everything was outdated, everything had to be changed.

Indeed, some things need to be changed, as the balance of power has changed, it's true, but not in this manner. Yeltsin was immediately dragged through the mud, accused of alcoholism, of understanding nothing, of knowing nothing. He understood everything, I assure you. I became president in 2000. I thought, okay, the Yugoslav issue is over, but we should try to restore relations.

Let's reopen the door that Russia had tried to go through. And moreover, I said it publicly. I can't reiterate at a meeting here in the Kremlin with the outgoing president, bill Clinton, right here in the next room. I said to him, I asked him, bill, do you think if Russia asked to join nato, do you think it would happen suddenly?

He said, you know, it's interesting. I think so. But in the evening, when we met for dinner, he said, you know, I've talked to my team. No, no, it's not possible now. You can ask him. I think he will watch our interview, he'll confirm it. I wouldn't have said anything like that if it hadn't happened. Okay. Were you sincere?

Well, it's impossible now. Would you have

[00:31:42] Tucker Carlson: joined

[00:31:43] Vladimir Putin: NATO? Look, I asked the question, is it possible or not? And the answer I got was no. If I was insincere in my desire to find out what the leadership position was.

[00:31:55] Tucker Carlson: But if he had said yes, would you have?

[00:32:01] Vladimir Putin: If he had said yes, the process of rapprochement would have commenced, and eventually it might have happened, if we had seen some sincere wish on the other side of our partners. But it didn't happen. Well, no means no. Okay,

[00:32:16] Tucker Carlson: fine. Why do you think that is? Just to get to motive. I know you're clearly bitter about it, um, I understand.

But why do you think the West rebuffed you then? Why the hostility? Why did the end of the Cold War not come? Fixed the relationship. What motivates this from your

[00:32:32] Vladimir Putin: point of view? You said I was bitter about the answer. No, it's not bitterness. It's just a statement of fact. We're not bride and groom, bitterness, resentment.

It's not about those kind of matters in such circumstances. We just realized we weren't welcome there. That's all. Okay, fine. But let's build relations in another manner. Let's look for common ground elsewhere. Why we received such a negative response, you should ask your leaders. I can only guess why. Too big a country with its own opinion and so on.

And the United States, I've seen how issues are being resolved in NATO. I will give you another example now concerning Ukraine. The US leadership exerts pressure, and all NATO members obediently vote. Now, I'll tell you what happened in this regard with Ukraine in 2008, although it's being discussed, I'm not going to open a secret to you, say anything new.

Nevertheless, after that we tried to build relations in different ways. For example, the events in the Middle East, in Iraq, we were building relations with the United States in a very soft, prudent, cautious manner. I repeatedly raised the issue that the United States should not support separatism or terrorism in the North Caucasus.

But they continued to do it anyway. And political support, information support, financial support, even military support came from the United States and its satellites for terrorist groups in the Caucasus. I once raised this issue with my colleague, also the President of the United States. He says, it's impossible, do you have proof?

I said yes. I was prepared for this conversation and I gave him that proof. He looked at it and you know what he said? I apologize, but that's what happened. I'll quote. He says, well, I'm gonna kick their ass. We waited and waited for some response. There was no reply. I said to the FSB director, write to the CIA.

What is the result of the conversation with President? He wrote once, twice, and then we got a reply. We have the answer in the archive. The CIA replied, we have been working with the opposition in Russia, we believe that this is the right thing to do, and we will keep on doing it. Just ridiculous. Well, okay.

We realized that it was out of the question. Forces

[00:35:26] Tucker Carlson: in opposition to you. So you're saying the CIA is trying to overthrow your government.

[00:35:29] Vladimir Putin: Of course they meant in that particular case the separatists, the terrorists who fought with us in the Caucasus. That's who they called the opposition. This is the second point.

The third moment is a very important one. It's the moment when the U. S. missile defense system was created. It's the U. The beginning, we persuaded for a long time not to do it in United States, moreover, after was invited by Bush Junior's father, Bush Senior, to visit his place on the ocean, I had a very serious conversation with President Bush and his team.

I propose that the United States, Russia, and Europe jointly create a missile defense system that, we believe, if created unilaterally, threatens our security, despite the fact that the United States officially said that it was being created against missile threats from Iran. That was the justification for the deployment of the missile defense system.

I suggested working together, Russia, the United States and Europe. They said it was very interesting. They asked me, are you serious? I said, absolutely. May I ask, what year was this?

I don't remember. It is easy to find out on the internet when I was in the USA at the invitation of a Bush senior. It is even easier to learn from someone I'm going to tell you about. I was told it was very interesting. I said, just imagine if we could tackle such a global strategic security challenge together.

The world would change. We'll probably have disputes, probably economic and even political ones, but we could drastically change the situation in the world. He says yes, and asks, are you serious? I said, of course, we need to think about it. I'm told. I said, go ahead, please. Then Secretary of Defense Gates, former director of CIA and Secretary of State Rice came in here, in this cabinet.

Right here at this table, they sat on this table, me, the foreign minister, the Russian defense minister on that side. They said to me, Yes, we have thought about it. We agree. I said, thank God, great, but with some exceptions. So

[00:38:10] Tucker Carlson: twice you've described US presidents making decisions. And then being undercut by their agency heads.

So it sounds like you're describing a system that's not run by the people who are elected in your telling.

[00:38:26] Vladimir Putin: Exactly. That's right, that's right, in the end they just told us to get lost, I'm not going to tell you the details because I think it's incorrect, after all, it was confidential conversation, but our proposal was declined, that's a fact.

It was right then when I said, look, but then we will be forced to take countermeasures, we will create such strike systems that will certainly overcome missile defense systems. The answer was We are not doing this against you, and you do what you want, assuming that it is not against us, not against the United States.

I said okay. Very well. That's the way it went. And we created hypersonic systems with intercontinental range, and we continue to develop them. We are now ahead of everyone, the United States and the other countries, in terms of the development of hypersonic strike systems, and we are improving them every day.

But it wasn't us. We proposed to go the other way, and we were pushed back. Now, about NATO's expansion to the east. Well, we were promised no NATO to the east, not an inch to the east, as we were told. And then what? They said, well, it's not enshrined on paper, so we'll expand. So there were five waves of expansion, the Baltic states, the whole of Eastern Europe, and so on.

And now I come to the main thing. They have come to do Ukraine, ultimately. In 2008, at the summit in Bucharest, they declared that the doors for Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO were open. Now about how decisions are made there. Germany, France seemed to be against it, as well as some other European countries.

But then, as it turned out, later, President Bush, and he's such a tough guy, a tough politician, as I was told later, he exerted pressure on us and we had to agree. It's ridiculous. It's like kindergarten. Where are the guarantees? What kindergarten is this? What kind of people are these? Who are they? You see?

They were pressed, they agreed, and then they say, Ukraine won't be in the nato. You know? I say, I don't know. I know you agreed in 2008. Why won't you agree in the future? Well, they pressed us. Then I say, why won't they press you tomorrow and you'll agree again? Well, it's nonsensical. Who's there to talk to?

I just don't understand. We're ready to talk. But with whom? Where are the guarantees? None. So they started to develop the territory of Ukraine. Whatever is there, I have told you, the background, how this territory developed, what kind of relations there were with Russia. Every second or third person there has always had some ties with Russia.

And during the elections, in already independent, sovereign Ukraine, which gained its independence as a result of the Declaration of Independence, and by the way, it says that Ukraine is a neutral state, and in 2008, suddenly the doors or gates to NATO were opened to it. Oh, come on. This is not how we agreed.

Now, all the presidents that have come to power in Ukraine, they relied on electorate with a good attitude to Russia in one way or the other. This is the southeast of Ukraine. This is a large number of people. And it was very difficult to sway this electorate, which had a positive attitude towards Russia.

Kovich came to power and how the first time he won after President Kuchma, they organized a third round, which is not provided for in the Constitution of Ukraine. This is a, just imagine someone in the United States wouldn't like the outcome in 2014. Before that, no, this was before that, after President Kuchma, Viktor Yanukovych won the elections.

However, his opponents did not recognize that victory. The U. S. supported the opposition and the third round was scheduled. What is this? This is a coup. The U. S. supported it and the winner of the third round came to power. Imagine if in the U. S. something was not to someone's liking, and the third round of election, which the U.

S. Constitution does not provide for, was organized. Nonetheless, it was done in Ukraine. Okay, Viktor Yushchenko, who was considered a pro Western politician, came to power. Fine, we have built relations with him as well. He came to Moscow, with visits. We visited Kiev. I visited, too. We met in an informal setting.

If he is pro Western, so be it. It's fine. Let people do their job. The situation should have developed inside the independent Ukraine itself. As a result of CMAs leadership, things got worse and Kovich came to power. After all, , maybe he wasn't the best president and politician. I don't know. I don't want to give assessments.

However, the issue of the association with the EU came up.

We have always been lenient to this suit yourself. But when we read through the three of association, it turned out to be a problem for us. Since we had the free trade zone and open customs borders with Ukraine, which under this association had to open its borders for Europe, which could have led to flooding of our market,

we said, no, this is not going to work. We shall close our borders with Ukraine then, the customs borders, that is. Yanukovych started to calculate how much Ukraine was going to gain, how much to lose, and said to his European partners, I need more time to think before signing. The moment he said that, the opposition began to take destructive steps, which were supported by the West.

It all came down to Maidan and a coup in Ukraine. So

[00:44:53] Tucker Carlson: he did more trade with Russia than with the EU.

[00:44:57] Vladimir Putin: Ukraine did. Of course. It's not even the matter of trade value, although for the most part it is. It is the matter of cooperation ties, which the entire Ukrainian economy was based on. The cooperation ties between the enterprises were very close since the times of the Soviet Union.

One enterprise there used to produce components to be assembled both in Russia and Ukraine and vice versa. They used to be very close ties. A coup d'etat was committed, although I shall not delve into details now, as I find doing it inappropriate, the US told us. Calm Yanukovych down, and we will calm the opposition.

Let the situation unfold in the scenario of a political settlement. We said alright, agreed, let's do it this way. As the Americans requested, Yanukovych did, used neither the armed forces nor the police. Yet the armed opposition committed a coup in Kiev. What is that supposed to mean? Who do you think you are?

I wanted to ask the then US leadership. With the backing of whom?

With the backing of CIA, of course. The organization you wanted to join back in the day, as I understand. We should thank God they didn't let you in. Although, it is a serious organization. I understand. My former vis a vis in the sense that I served in the First Main Directorate, Soviet Union's Intelligence Service.

They have always been our opponents. A job is a job.

Technically, they did everything right. They achieved their goal of changing the government. However, from political standpoint, it was a colossal mistake. Surely, it was political leadership's miscalculation. They should have seen what it would devolve into.

So in 2008, the doors of NATO were opened for Ukraine. In 2014, there was a coup. They started persecuting those who did not accept the coup, and it was indeed the coup. They created a threat to Crimea, which we had to take under our protection. They launched the war in Donbas in 2014 with the use of aircraft and artillery against civilians.

This is when it all started. There is a video of aircraft attacking Donetsk from above. They launched a large scale military operation, then another one. When they failed, they started to prepare the next one. All this against the background of military development of this territory and opening of NATO's doors.

How could we not express concern over what was happening? From our side, this would have been a culpable negligence. That's what it would have been.

It's just that the US political leadership pushed us to the line we could not cross because doing so could have ruined Russia itself.

Besides, we could not leave our brothers in faith, in fact, a part of Russian people, in the face of this war machine.

[00:48:25] Tucker Carlson: What was the, so that was eight years before the current conflict started. So what was the trigger for you? What was the moment where you decided you had? Initially,

[00:48:42] Vladimir Putin: it was the coup in Ukraine that provoked the conflict. By the way, back then the representatives of three European countries, Germany, Poland and France, arrived. They were the guarantors of the signed agreement between the government of Yanukovych and the opposition. They signed it as guarantors. Despite that the opposition committed a coup and all these countries pretended that they didn't remember that they were guarantors of the peaceful settlement.

They just threw it in the ow right away and nobody recalls that. I dunno if the US know anything about the agreement between the opposition and the authorities. And it's three guarantors who, instead of bringing this whole situation back in the political field, supported the coup. Although it was meaningless, believe me.

Because President Yanukovych agreed to all conditions. He was ready to hold an early election which he had no chance of winning, frankly speaking. Everyone knew that. Then why the coup? Why the victims? Why threatening Crimea? Why launching an operation in Donbass? This, I do not understand. That is exactly what the miscalculation is.

CIA did its job to complete the coup. I think one of the deputy secretaries of state said that it cost a large sum of money, almost five billion. But the political mistake was colossal. Why would they have to do that? All this could have been done legally, without victims, without military action, without losing Crimea.

We would have never considered to even lift a finger if it hadn't been for the bloody developments on Maidan.

Because we agreed with the fact that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, our borders should be along the borders of former Union's republics. We agreed to that, but we never agreed to NATO's expansion and, moreover, we never agreed that Ukraine would be in NATO.

We did not agree to NATO base there without any discussion with us. For decades, we kept asking, don't do this, don't do that.

And what triggered the latest events? Firstly, the current Ukrainian leadership declared that it would not implement the Minsk agreements, which had been signed, as you know, after the events of 2014 in Minsk. Or the plan of peaceful settlement in Donbas was set forth. But no, the current Ukrainian leadership, foreign minister, all other officials and then president himself said that they don't like anything about the Minsk agreements.

Um, in other words, they were not going to implement it. A year or a year and a half ago, former leaders of Germany and France said openly to the whole world that they indeed signed the Minsk Agreements, but they never intended to implement them. They simply let us by the nose. Was there anyone for

[00:51:58] Tucker Carlson: you to talk to?

Did you call a U. S. president, secretary of state and say, if you keep militarizing Ukraine with NATO forces, this is going to get, this is going to be a, we're going to act?

[00:52:17] Vladimir Putin: We talked about this all the time. We addressed the United States and European countries leadership to stop these developments immediately, to implement the Minsk agreements. Frankly speaking, I didn't know how we were going to do this, but I was ready to implement them. These agreements were complicated for Ukraine.

They included lots of elements of those Donbas territories independence. That's true. However, I was absolutely confident, and I'm saying this to you now, I honestly believe that if we managed to convince the residents of Donbass, and we had to work hard to convince them to return to the Ukrainian statehood, then gradually the wounds would start to heal.

When this part of territory reintegrated itself into common social environment, when the pensions and social benefits were paid again, all the pieces would gradually fall into place.

No, nobody wanted that. Everybody wanted to resolve the issue by military force only, but we could not let that happen. And the situation got to the point when the Ukrainian side announced, no, we will not do anything. They also started preparing for military action. It was they who started the war in 2014.

Our goal is to stop this war. And we did not start this war in 2022. Do

[00:53:50] Tucker Carlson: you think you've stopped it now? I mean, have you achieved your aims?

[00:53:58] Vladimir Putin: Uh, no, we haven't achieved our aims yet because one of them is denazification. This means the prohibition of all kinds of neo Nazi movements. This is one of the problems that we discussed during the negotiation process, which ended in Istanbul early this year.

And it was not our initiative because we were told by the Europeans in particular that it was necessary to create conditions for the final signing of the documents. My counterparts in France and Germany said,

how can you imagine them signing a treaty with a gun to their heads, the troops should be pulled back from Kiev. I said, alright, we withdrew the troops from Kiev. As soon as we pulled back our troops from Kiev, our Ukrainian negotiators immediately threw all our agreements reached in Istanbul into the bin and got prepared for a long standing armed confrontation with the help of the United States and its satellites in Europe.

That is how the situation has developed, and that is how it looks now. But

[00:55:22] Tucker Carlson: what? Pardon my ignorance. What is deification? What would that mean?

[00:55:33] Vladimir Putin: That is what I want to talk about right now. It is a very important issue. The Nazification. After gaining independence, Ukraine began to search, as some Western analysts say, its identity.

And it came up with nothing better than to build this identity upon some false heroes who collaborated with Hitler.

I have already said that in the early 19th century, when the theorists of independence and sovereignty of Ukraine appeared, they assumed that an independent Ukraine should have very good relations with Russia. But due to the historical development, those territories were part of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, Poland, where Ukrainians were persecuted and treated quite brutally as well as were subject to cruel behavior.

There were also attempts to destroy their identity.

All this remained in the memory of the people. When World War II broke out, part of this extremely nationalist elite collaborated with Hitler, believing that he would bring them freedom.

The German troops, even the SS troops, made Hitler's collaborators do the dirtiest work of exterminating the Polish and Jewish population. Hence this brutal massacre of the Polish and Jewish population, as well as the Russian population too.

This was led by the persons who are well known band. It was those people who were made national heroes. That is the problem. And we are constantly told that nationalism and neo Nazism exist in other countries as well. Yes, they are seedlings, but we uproot them. And other countries fight against them. But Ukraine is not the case.

These people have been made into national heroes in Ukraine. Monuments to those people have been erected. They are displayed on flags. Their names are shouted by crowds that walk with torches as it was in Nazi Germany.

These were people who exterminated Poles, Jews, and Russians.

It is necessary to stop this practice and prevent the dissemination of this concept. I say that Ukrainians are part of the one Russian people. They say, no, we are a separate people. Okay, fine. If they consider themselves a separate people, they have the right to do so, but not on the basis of Nazism, the Nazi ideology.

[00:58:48] Tucker Carlson: Would you be satisfied with the territory that you have now?

[00:58:59] Vladimir Putin: I will finish answering the question you just asked, the question about neo-Nazi and the ification. Look, the President of Ukraine visited Canada, the story is well known, but being silenced in the Western countries. The Canadian Parliament introduced a man who, as the Speaker of the Parliament said, fought against the Russians during the World War II.

Well, who fought against the Russians during the World War II? Hitler and his accomplices. It turned out that this man served in the SS troops personally killed Russians, polls and Jews. The S troops consisted of Ukrainian nationalists who did this dirty work. The president of Ukraine stood up with the entire parliament of Canada and applauded this man.

How can this be imagined? The president of Ukraine himself, by the way, is a Jew by nationality.

[00:59:58] Tucker Carlson: Really? My question is, what do you do about it? I mean, Hitler's been dead for 80 years. Nazi Germany no longer exists. And so, true. And so, I think what you're saying is you want to extinguish or at least control Ukrainian nationalism.

But how? How do you do that?

[01:00:15] Vladimir Putin: Listen to

me. Your question is very subtle and I can tell you what I think. Do not take offense. Of course.

This question appears to be subtle. It is quite pesky. You say Hitler has been dead for so many years, 80 years, but his example lives on. People who exterminated Jews, Russians, and Poles are alive. And the President, the current President of today's Ukraine, applauds him in the Canadian Parliament, gives a standing ovation.

Can we say that we have completely uprooted this ideology, if what we see is happening today? That is what denazification is in our understanding. We have to get rid of those people who maintain this concept and support this practice and try to preserve it. That is what denazification is. That is what we mean.

[01:01:27] Tucker Carlson: Right. My question is a little more specific. It was, of course, not a defense of Nazis, Neo or otherwise. It was a practical question. You don't control the entire country. You don't control Kiev. You don't seem like you want to. So how, how do you eliminate a culture or an ideology or feelings or a view of history?

In a country that you don't control, what do you do about that?

[01:01:57] Vladimir Putin: You know, as strange as it may seem to you during the negotiations at Istanbul, we did agree that we have it all in writing. Neoism would not be cultivated in Ukraine, including that it would be prohibited at the legislative level. Mr. Carson, we agreed on that. This, it turns out, can be done during the negotiation process.

And there is nothing humiliating for Ukraine as a modern civilized state. Is any state allowed to promote Nazism? It is not, is it? That is it.

[01:02:37] Tucker Carlson: Um, will there be talks and why haven't there been talks about resolving the conflict in Ukraine? Peace talks.

[01:02:54] Vladimir Putin: They have been. They 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 Kiev, 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.

Moreover, the President Yuri Grin has legislated a ban on negotiating with Russia. He signed a decree forbidding everyone to negotiate with Russia. But how are we going to negotiate if he forbade himself and everyone to do this?

[01:03:41] Middle3: We know that he is putting forward some ideas about this settlement, but in order to agree on something, we need to have a dialogue.

Is that not right? Well, but you wouldn't

[01:03:51] Tucker Carlson: be speaking to the Ukrainian president, you'd be speaking to the American president. When was the last time you

[01:03:56] Middle3: spoke to Joe Biden? I cannot remember when I talked to him. I do not remember. We can look it up. You don't remember? No. Why? Do I have to remember everything?

I have my own things to do. We have domestic political affairs.

[01:04:13] Tucker Carlson: Well, he's funding the war that you're fighting, so I would think that would be memorable.

[01:04:20] Middle3: Well, yes, he funds, but I talked to him before the special military operation, of course. And I said to him then, by the way, I will not go into details, I never do, but I said to him then, I believe that you are making a huge mistake of historic proportions by supporting everything that is happening there.

In Ukraine by pushing Russia away. I told him, told him repeatedly. By the way, I think that would be correct if I stop here. What did he say?

Ask him, please, it is easier for you. You are a citizen of the United States. Go and ask him. It is not appropriate for me to comment on our conversation,

[01:05:01] Tucker Carlson: but, but, but you haven't spoken to him since before. February of 2022.

[01:05:12] Middle3: No, we haven't spoken. Certain contacts are being maintained though. Speaking of which, do you remember what I told you about my proposal to work together on a missile defense system? Yes. You can ask all of them. All of them are safe and sound, thank God. The former president, Condoleezza, is safe and sound, and I think Mr.

Gates and the current director of the intelligence agency, Mr. Burns, The then ambassador to Russia, in my opinion, are very successful Ambassador. They were all witnesses to these conversations. Ask them, same here. If you are interested in what Mr. President Biden responded to me, ask him. At any rate, I talk to him about it.


[01:06:05] Tucker Carlson: I'm, I'm definitely interested, but from the outside it seems like this could devolve or evolve into something that brings the entire world into conflict and could. Um, initiate some, a nuclear launch. And so why don't you just call Biden and say, let's work this out.

[01:06:27] Middle3: What's there to work out? It's very simple. I repeat. We have contacts through various agencies. I will tell you what we are saying on this matter and what we are conveying to the US leadership. If you really want to stop fighting, you need to stop supplying weapons. It will be over within a few weeks.

That's it. And then we can agree on some terms. Before you do that, stop. What's easier? Why would I call him? What should I talk to him about? Or beg him for what? And what messages do you get back? You're going to deliver such and such weapons to Ukraine. Oh, I'm afraid. I'm afraid. Please don't. What is there to talk about?

Do you think

[01:07:18] Tucker Carlson: NATO is worried about this becoming a global war or a nuclear conflict?

[01:07:27] Middle3: At least that's what they're talking about. And they're trying to intimidate their own population with an imaginary Russian threat. This is an obvious fact. And thinking people, not philistines, but thinking people, analysts, those who are engaged in real politics, just smart people, understand perfectly well that this is a fake.

They're trying to fuel the Russian threat.

[01:07:53] Tucker Carlson: The threat I think you're referring to is a Russian invasion of Poland, Latvia, expansionist behavior is, can you imagine a scenario where you sent Russian troops to

[01:08:04] Middle3: Poland?

Only in one case, if Poland attacks Russia. Why? Because we have no interest in Poland, Latvia or anywhere else. Why would we do that? We simply don't have any interest. It's just threat mongering.

[01:08:25] Tucker Carlson: Well, the argument, I know you know this, is that, well, he invaded Ukraine. He has territorial aims across the continent, and you're saying unequivocally you don't.

[01:08:44] Middle3: It is absolutely out of the question. You just don't have to be any kind of analyst. It goes against common sense to get involved in some kind of a global war.

And a global war will bring all humanity to the brink of destruction. It's obvious. There are certainly means of deterrence. They have been scaring everyone with us all along Tomorrow, Russia will use tactical nuclear weapons tomorrow. Russia will use that. No, the day after tomorrow. So what. In order to extort additional money from U.

S. taxpayers and European taxpayers in the confrontation with Russia in the Ukrainian theater of war. The goal is to weaken Russia as much as possible.


[01:09:40] Tucker Carlson: of, uh, our senior United States senators from the state of New York, Chuck Schumer, said yesterday, I believe, that we have to continue to fund the Ukrainian Or US soldier citizens could wind up fighting there. How do you assess that?

[01:10:05] Middle3: This is a provocation and a cheap provocation. At that I do not understand why American soldiers should fight in Ukraine. There are mercenaries from the United States there. The bigger number of mercenaries comes from Poland, with mercenaries from the United States in second place, and mercenaries from Georgia in third place.

Well, if somebody has the desire to send regular troops, that would certainly bring humanity to the brink of very serious global conflict. This is obvious. Do the United States need this? What for? Thousands of miles away from your national territory. Don't you have anything better to do? You have issues on the border, issues with migration, issues with the national debt.

More than 33 trillion dollars. You have nothing better to do, so you should fight in Ukraine? Wouldn't it be better to negotiate with Russia? Make an agreement? Already understanding the situation that is developing today? Realizing that Russia will fight for its interests to the end? And realizing this, actually return to common sense, start respecting our country and its interests, and look for certain solutions.

It seems to me that this is much smarter and more rational. Who blew up Nord Stream?

You for sure. I was busy

[01:11:40] Tucker Carlson: that day. . Nate, do you have, do you have ?

[01:11:44] Middle3: Uh, I did not blow up Nord Stream. Uh, thank you though. It was, it was lech. You personally may have an alibi, but the CIA has no such alibi.

[01:11:57] Tucker Carlson: Do you have evidence that NATO or CIA. You know,

[01:12:08] Middle3: I won't get into details, but people always say in such cases, look for someone who is interested. But in this case, we should not only look for someone who is interested, but also for someone who has capabilities. Because there may be many people interested, but not all of them are capable of sinking to the bottom of the Baltic Sea and carrying out this explosion.

These two components should be connected, who is interested and who is capable of doing it. But I'm confused.

[01:12:37] Tucker Carlson: I mean, that's the biggest act of industrial terrorism ever, and it's the largest emission of CO2 in history. Okay, so if you had evidence, and presumably given your security services, your intel services, you would, that NATO, the US, CIA, the West, did this, why wouldn't you present it and win a propaganda victory?

[01:13:02] Middle3: In the war of propaganda, it is very difficult to defeat the United States, because the United States controls all the world's media and many European media. The ultimate beneficiary of the biggest European media are American financial institutions. Don't you know that? So it is possible to get involved in this work, but it is cost prohibitive, so to speak.

We can simply shine the spotlight on our sources of information and we will not achieve results. It is clear to the whole world what happened and even American analysts talk about it directly. It's true. Yes.

[01:13:42] Tucker Carlson: But here's a question you may be able to answer. You worked in Germany, famously. Um, the Germans clearly know.

that their NATO partner did this, but they, and it damaged their economy greatly, it may never recover. Why are they being silent about it? That's very confusing to me. Why wouldn't the Germans say something

[01:14:01] Middle3: about it?

This also confuses me. But today's German leadership is guided by the interests of the collective West rather than its national interests. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain the logic of their action or inaction. After all, it is not only about Nord Stream 1, which was blown up, and the Nord Stream 2 was damaged.

But one pipe is safe and sound and gas can be supplied to Europe through it. But Germany does not open it. We are ready, please. There is another route through Poland, called Yamal Europe, which also allows for large flow. Poland has closed it, but Poland packs from the German hand, it receives money from the pan European funds, and Germany is the main donor to these pan European funds.

Germany feeds Poland to a certain extent, and they close their route to Germany. Why? I don't understand. Ukraine, to which the Germans supply weapons and give money. Germany is the second sponsor of the United States in terms of financial aid to Ukraine. There are two gas routes through Ukraine. They simply closed one route, the Ukrainians.

Open the second route and please get gas from Russia. They do not open it. Why don't the Germans say? Look, guys, we give you money and weapons. Open up the valve, please. Let the gas from Russia pass through for us. We are buying liquefied gas at exorbitant prices in Europe, which brings the level of our competitiveness and economy in general down to zero.

Do you want us to give you money? Let us have the decent existence. Make money for our economy, because this is where the money we give you comes from. They refuse to do so. Why? Ask them. That is what is like in their heads. Those are highly incompetent people. Well, maybe

[01:16:12] Tucker Carlson: the world is breaking into two hemispheres.

One with cheap energy, the other without. And I want to ask you that if, if we're now a multipolar world, obviously we are. Can you describe the blocks of alliances? Who, who is in each side, do you

[01:16:26] Middle3: think?

Listen, you have said that the world is breaking into two hemispheres. A human brain is divided into two hemispheres. One is responsible for one type of activities. The other one is more about creativity and so on. But it is still one and the same head. The world should be a single whole. Security should be shared rather than a meant for the golden billion.

That is the only scenario where the world could be stable, sustainable and predictable. Until then, while the head is split in two parts, it is an illness, a serious adverse condition. It is a period of severe disease that the world is going through now. But I think that thanks to honest journalism, this work is akin to work of the doctors.

This could somehow be remedied.

[01:17:26] Tucker Carlson: Well, let's just give one example. The U. S. dollar, which has kind of united the world, uh, in a lot of ways. Maybe not to your advantage, but certainly to ours. Is that going away as the reserve currency, the universally accepted currency? How have sanctions, do you think, changed?


[01:17:46] Middle3: know, to use the dollar as a tool of foreign policy struggle is one of the biggest strategic mistakes made by The US political leadership,

the dollar is the cornerstone of the United States power. I think everyone understands very well that no matter how many dollars are printed, they're quickly dispersed all over the world.

Inflation in the United States is minimal. It's about 3 or 3. 4 percent, which is, I think, totally acceptable for the U. S., but they won't stop printing. What does the debt of 33 trillion dollars tell us about? It is about the emission.

Nevertheless, it is the main weapon used by the United States to preserve its power across the world. As soon as the political leadership decided to use the U. S. dollar as a tool of political struggle, a blow was dealt to this American power. I would not like to use any strong language, but It is a stupid thing to do and a grave mistake.

Look at what is going on in the world. Even the United States allies are now downsizing their dollar reserves. Saying this, everyone starts looking for ways to protect themselves. But the fact that the UN applies restrictive measures to certain countries Such as placing restrictions on transactions, Freezing assets, etc.

Causes grave concern and sends a signal to the whole world. What did we have here. Until 2022 about 80 percent of Russian foreign trade transactions were made in U. S. dollars and euros

U. S. dollars accounted for approximately 50 percent of our transactions with third countries, while currently it is down to 13%. It wasn't us who banned the use of the U. S. dollar. We had no such intention. It was decision of the United States to restrict our transactions in U. S. dollars. I think it is complete foolishness from the point of view of the interests of the United States itself and its taxpayers, as it damages the U.

S. economy, undermines the power of the United States across the world. By the way, our transactions in yuan accounted for about 3%. Today, 34 percent of our transactions are made in rubles, and about as much, a little over 34 percent in yuan. Why did the United States do this? My only guess is self conceit.

They probably thought it would lead to full collapse, but nothing collapsed. Moreover, other countries, including oil producers, are thinking of and already accepting payments for oil in yuan. Do you even realize what is going on or not? Does anyone in the United States realize this? What are you doing? You are cutting yourself off.

All experts say this. Ask any intelligent and thinking person in the United States What the dollar means for the U. S., you're killing it with your own hands. I think

[01:21:43] Tucker Carlson: that's a fair, I think that's a fair assessment. The question is what comes next, and maybe you trade one colonial power for another much less sentimental and forgiving colonial power.

I mean, are, is the, the, the Brits, for example, in danger of being completely dominated by the Chinese, the Chinese economy, uh, in a way that's not good for their sovereignty. Do you worry about that?

[01:22:08] Middle3: We have heard those boogeyman stories before. It is a boogeyman story. We're neighbors with China. You cannot choose neighbors just as you cannot choose close relatives.

We share a border of thousand kilometers with them. This is number one. Second, we have a centuries long history of coexistence. We're used to it. Third, China's foreign policy philosophy is not aggressive. Its idea is to always look for compromise, and we can see that. The next point is as follows. We are always told the same boogeyman's story, and here it goes again.

Through an euphemistic form, but it is still the same boogeyman's story. The cooperation with China keeps increasing. The pace at which China's cooperation with Europe is growing is higher and greater than that of the growth of Chinese Russian cooperation. Ask Europeans. Aren't they afraid? They might be, I don't know.

But they are still trying to access China's market at all costs, especially now that they are facing economic problems. Chinese businesses are also exploring the European market. Do Chinese businesses have small presence in the United States? Yes, the political decisions are such that they are trying to limit their cooperation with China.

It is to your own detriment, Mr. Tucker, that you are limiting cooperation with China. You are hurting yourself. It is a delicate matter, and there are no silver bullet solutions, just as it is with the dollar. So, before introducing any illegitimate sanctions, illegitimate in terms of the Charter of the United Nations.

One should think very carefully for decision makers, this appears to be a problem.

[01:24:14] Tucker Carlson: So you said a moment ago that the world would be a lot better if it weren't broken into competing alliances, if there was cooperation globally. One of the reasons you don't have that is because the current American administration is dead set against you.

Do you think if there were a new administration after Joe Biden that you would? be able to re establish communication with the U. S. government, or does it not matter who the president is?

[01:24:46] Middle3: I will tell you, but let me finish the previous thought. We, together with my colleague and friend, President Xi Jinping, set a goal to reach 200 billion of mutual trade with China this year. We have exceeded this level. According to our figures, our bilateral trade with China totals already 230 billion, and the Chinese statistics says it is $240 billion.

One more important thing, our trade is well balanced, mutually complimentary in high tech energy, scientific research and development. It is very balanced. As for bricks, where Russia took over the presidency this year. The BRICS countries are, by and large, developing very rapidly. Look, if memory serves me right, back in 1992, the share of the G7 countries in the world economy amounted to 47%, whereas in 2022 it was down to, I think, a little over 30%.

The BRICS countries accounted for only 16 percent in 1992, but now their share is greater than that of the G7. It has nothing to do with the events in Ukraine. This is due to the trends of global development and world economy, as I mentioned just now, and this is inevitable. This will keep happening. It is like the rise of the sun.

You cannot prevent the sun from rising. You have to adapt to it. How do the United States adapt? With the help of force, sanctions, pressure, bombings, and use of armed forces. This is about self conceit. Your political establishment does not understand that the world is changing under objective circumstances.

And in order to preserve your level, even if someone aspires, pardon me, to the level of dominance, you have to make the right decisions in a competent and timely manner. Such brutal actions, including with regard to Russia and, say, other countries, are counterproductive. This is an obvious fact. It has already become evident.

You just ask me if another leader comes and changes something. It is not about the leader. It is not about the personality of a particular person. I had a very good relationship with, uh, say, Bush. I know that in the United States, He was portrayed as some kind of a country boy who does not understand much.

I assure you that this is not the case. I think he made a lot of mistakes with regard to Russia too. I told you about 2008 and the decision in Bucharest to open the NATO's doors to for Ukraine and so on. That happened during his presidency. He actually exercised pressure on the Europeans. But in general, on a personal human level, I had a very good relationship with him.

He was no worse than any other American or Russian or European politician. I assure you, he understood what he was doing as well as others. I had such personal relationship with Trump as well.

It is not about the personality of the leader. It is about the elite's mindset.

If the idea of domination at any cost, based also on forceful actions, dominates the American society, nothing will change. It will only get worse. But if, in the end, one comes to the awareness that the world has been changing due to the objective circumstances, and that one should be able to adapt to them in time, using the advantages that the U.

S. still has today, Then perhaps something may change.

Look, China's economy has become the first economy in the world in purchasing power parity. In terms of volume, it overtook the U. S. a long time ago. The U. S. A. comes second, then India, one and a half billion people, and then Japan, with Russia in the fifth place. Russia was the first economy in Europe last year, despite all the sanctions and restrictions.

Is it normal from your point of view? Sanctions, restrictions, impossibility of payments in dollars, being cut off from swift services, sanctions against our ships carrying oil, sanctions against airplanes, sanctions in everything. Everywhere.

The largest number of sanctions in the world which are applied are applied against Russia, and we have become Europe's first economy during this time. The tools that US uses don't work. Well, one has to think about what to do. If this realization comes to the ruling elites, then yes, then the first person of the state will act in anticipation of what the voters and the people who make decisions at various levels expect from this person.

Then maybe something will change.

[01:30:24] Tucker Carlson: But you're describing two different systems. You say the leader acts in the interest of the voters, but you also say these decisions are not made by the leader, they're made by the ruling classes. You've run this country for so long, you've known all these American presidents, what are those power centers in the United States?

Do you think like who actually makes the decisions?

[01:30:50] Middle3: I dunno. America is a complex country conservative on one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It's not easy for us to sort it all out. Who makes decisions in the elections? Is it possible to understand this when each state has its own legislation, each state regulates itself, someone can be excluded from elections at the state level.

It is a two stage electoral system. It is very difficult for us to understand it. Certainly there are two parties that are dominant, the Republicans and the Democrats. And within this party system, the centers that make decisions, that prepare decisions. Then, look, why, in my opinion, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, such an erroneous, crude, completely unjustified policy of pressure was pursued against Russia?

After all, this is a policy of pressure. NATO expansion, support for the separatists and caucuses, creation of a missile defense system. These are all elements of pressure. Pressure, pressure, pressure. Then dragging Ukraine into NATO is all about pressure, pressure, pressure. Why? I think among other things because excessive production capacities were created.

During the confrontation with the Soviet Union, there were many centers created and specialists on the Soviet Union who could not do anything else. They convinced the political leadership that it is necessary to continue chiseling Russia, to try to break it up, to create on this territory several quasi state entities, and to subdue them in a divided form, to use their combined potential for the future struggle with China.

This is a mistake, including the excessive potential of those who worked for the confrontation with the Soviet Union. It is necessary to get rid of this. There should be new, fresh forces, people who look into the future and understand what is happening in the world. Look at how Indonesia is developing.

600 million people. Where can we get away from that? Nowhere. We just have to assume that Indonesia will enter, it is already in, the club of the world's leading economies, no matter who likes it or dislikes it. Yes, we understand and are aware that in the United States, despite all the economic problems, the situation is still normal, with the economy growing decently.

The GDP is growing by 2. 5%, if I'm not mistaken. But if we want to ensure the future, then we need to change our approach to what is changing. As I already said, the world would nevertheless change, regardless of how the developments in Ukraine end. The world is changing. In the United States themselves, experts are writing that the United States are nonetheless gradually changing their position in the world.

It is your experts who write that. I just read them. The only question is how this would happen. Painfully and quickly, or gently and gradually. And this is written by people who are not anti American. They simply follow global development trends. That's it. And in order to assess them and change policies, we need people who think.

[01:34:33] Tucker Carlson: I just have to ask, you've said clearly that NATO expansion eastward is a violation of the promise you all made in 1990, it's a threat to your country. Right before you sent troops into Ukraine, the vice president of the United States went to the Munich Security Conference and encouraged the president of Ukraine to join nato.

Do you think that was an effort to provoke you into military action?

[01:35:03] Middle3: I repeat once again. We have repeatedly, repeatedly proposed to seek a solution to the problems that arose in Ukraine after 2014 coup d'etat through peaceful means, but no one listened to us. And moreover, the Ukrainian leaders who were under the complete U. S. control suddenly declared that they would not comply with the Minsk agreements.

They disliked everything there and continued military activity in that territory.

And in parallel, that territory was being exploited by NATO military structures under the guise of various personnel training and retraining centers. They essentially began to create bases there. That's all. Ukraine announced that the Russians were a non titular nationality, while passing the laws that limit the rights of non titular nationalities in Ukraine.

Ukraine, having received all these Southeastern territories as a gift from the Russian people, suddenly announced that the Russians were a non titular nationality in that territory. Is that normal?

All this put together led to the decision to end the war that neo Nazis started in Ukraine in 2014. Do you

[01:36:34] Tucker Carlson: think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate a settlement to this conflict?

[01:36:43] Middle3: I don't know the details. Of course, it's difficult for me to judge. But I believe he has, in any case, he used to have. His father fought against the fascists, Nazis, during World War II. I once talked to him about this. I said, Volodya, what are you doing? Why are you supporting neo Nazis in Ukraine today?

Well, your father fought against fascism. He was a frontline soldier. I will not tell you what he answered, this is a separate topic, and I think it's incorrect for me to do so. But as to the freedom of choice, why not? He came to power on the expectations of Ukrainian people that he would lead Ukraine to peace.

He talked about this. It was thanks to this that he won the elections overwhelmingly. But then, when he came to power, in my opinion, he realized two things. Firstly, it is better not to clash with neo Nazis and nationalists, because they are aggressive and very active. You can expect anything from them. And secondly, the US led West supports them and will always support those who antagonize with Russia.

It is beneficial and safe. So he took the relevant position despite promising his people to end the war in Ukraine. He deceived his voters. But do you think

[01:38:06] Tucker Carlson: at this point, as of February 2024, he has the latitude, the freedom to speak with you or your government directly about putting an end to this, which clearly isn't helping his country?

Or the world. Can he do that, do you think?

[01:38:24] Middle3: Why not? He considers himself head of state. He won the elections. Although we believe in Russia that the coup deach is the primary source of power for. Everything that happened after 2014. And in this sense, even today government is flawed. But he considers himself the president and he is recognized by the United States, all of Europe and practically the rest of the world in such a capacity.

Why not? You can. We negotiated with Ukraine and Istanbul. We agreed. He was aware of this. Moreover, the negotiation group leader, Mr. Arhamiye is his last name, I believe still heads the faction of the ruling party, the party of the president in the Rada. He still heads the presidential faction in the Rada, the country's parliament.

He still sits there. He even put his preliminary signature on the document I am telling you about. But then he publicly stated to the whole world, we were ready to sign this document, but Mr. Johnson, then the Prime Minister of Great Britain, came and dissuaded us from doing this, saying it was better to fight Russia.

They would give everything needed for us to return what was lost during the clashes with Russia. And we agreed with this proposal. Look, his statement has been published. He said it publicly. Can they return to this or not? The question is, do they want it or not? Further on, President of Ukraine issued a decree prohibiting negotiations with us.

Let him cancel that decree. And that's it. We have never refused negotiations, indeed. We hear all the time, is Russia ready? Yes, we have not refused. It was them who publicly refused. Well, let him cancel his decree and enter into negotiations. We have never refused. And the fact that they obey the demand or persuasion of Mr.

Johnson, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, seems ridiculous and very sad to me. Because, as Mr. Arakamiya put it, we could have stopped those hostilities with war a year and a half ago already. But the British persuaded us and we refused this. Where is Mr. Johnson now? And the war continues. That's a good

[01:40:55] Tucker Carlson: question.

Where do you think he is, and why did he do that?

[01:40:58] Middle3: Hell knows. I don't understand it myself. There was a general starting point. For some reason, everyone had the illusion that Russia could be defeated on the battlefield. Because of arrogance, because of a pure heart, but not because of a great mind.

[01:41:27] Tucker Carlson: You've described the connection between Russia and Ukraine. You've described Russia itself a couple of times as orthodox. That's central to your understanding of Russia. You've said you're orthodox. What does that mean for you? You're a Christian leader by your own description. So what effect does that have on you?

[01:41:50] Middle3: You know, As I already mentioned, in 988, Prince Vladimir himself was baptized following the example of his grandmother, Princess Olga. Then he baptized his squad, and then, gradually, over the course of several years, he baptized all the Rus It was a lengthy process, from pagans to Christians. It took many years.

But in the end, this orthodoxy, Eastern Christianity, deeply rooted itself in the consciousness of the Russian people. When Russia expanded and absorbed other nations who profess Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism, Russia has always been very loyal to those people who profess other religions. This is her strength.

This is absolutely clear. And the fact is that the main postulates, main values are very similar, not to say the same in all world religions I've just mentioned, and which are the traditional religions of the Russian Federation, Russia.

By the way, Russian authorities were always very careful about the culture and religion of those people who came into the Russian Empire.

This, in my opinion, forms the basis of both security and stability of the Russian statehood. All the peoples inhabiting Russia basically consider it their motherhood. You say people move over to you or to Europe from Latin America, an even clearer and more understandable example, people come but yet they have come to you or to European countries from their historical homeland, and people who profess different religions in Russia consider Russia their motherland, they have no other motherland,

we are together, this is one big family. And our traditional values are very similar. I've just mentioned one big family, but everyone has his, her own family. And this is the basis of our society. And if we say that the motherland and the family are specifically connected with each other.

It is indeed the case, since it is impossible to ensure a normal future for our children and our families unless we ensure a normal, sustainable future for the entire country, for the motherland. That is why patriotic sentiment is so strong in Russia.

[01:44:34] Tucker Carlson: But can I, can I say that the one way in which the religions are different is that Christianity is specifically a non violent religion?

Jesus says, turn the other cheek, don't kill. How can a leader who has to kill of any country, how can a leader be a Christian? How do you reconcile that to yourself?

[01:45:02] Middle3: It is very easy when it comes to protecting oneself and one's family. Homeland. We won't attack anyone.

When did the developments Ukraine start? Since the coup d'etat and the hostilities in Donbas began, that's when they started. And we're protecting our people, ourselves, our homeland and our future. As for religion in general, you know, it's not about external manifestations. It's not about going to church every day or banging your head on the floor.

It is in the heart and our culture is so human oriented, who was very well known in the West and the genius of Russian culture. Russian literature spoke a lot about this, about the Russian soul.

After all, Western society is more pragmatic. Russian people think more about the eternal, about moral values. I don't know, maybe you won't agree with me, but Western culture is more pragmatic after all.

I'm not saying this is bad. It makes it possible for today's golden billion to achieve good success in production, even in science and so on. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm just saying that we kind of look the same, but our minds are a little

[01:46:47] Tucker Carlson: different. So do you see the supernatural at work as you look out across what's happening in the world now?

Do you see God at work? Do you ever think to yourself, these are forces that are not human? Yes. Absolutely. No,

[01:47:06] Middle3: to be honest, I don't think so. My opinion is that the development of the world community is in accordance with the inherent laws, and those laws are what they are. It's always been this way in the history of mankind. Some nations and countries rose, became stronger and more numerous. And then left the international stage, losing the status they had accustomed to.

There is probably no need for me to give examples, but we could start with the Genghis Khan and Horde conquerors, the Golden Horde, and then end with the Roman Empire. It seems that there has never been anything like the Roman Empire in the history of mankind. Nevertheless, the potential of the barbarians gradually grew, as did their population.

In general, the barbarians were getting stronger and begun to develop economically, as we would say today. This eventually led to the collapse of the Roman Empire and the regime imposed by the Romans. However, it took five centuries for the Roman Empire to fall apart. Uh, the difference with what is happening now.

is that all the processes of change are happening at the much faster pace than in Roman times. So when does the

[01:48:37] Tucker Carlson: AI empire start, do you think?

[01:48:47] Middle3: You're asking increasingly more complicated questions. To answer them, you need to be an expert in big numbers, big data, and A. I. Mankind is currently facing many threats. Due to the genetic researches, it is now possible to create a superhuman, a specialized human being, a genetically engineered athlete, scientist, military man.

There are reports that Elon Musk had already had a chip implanted in the human brain in the USA.

What do you think

[01:49:23] Tucker Carlson: of that?

[01:49:28] Middle3: Well, I think there's no stopping Elon Musk. He will do as he sees fit. Nevertheless, you need to find some common ground with him. Search for ways to persuade him. I think he's a smart person. I truly believe he is. So you'll need to reach an agreement with him because this process needs to be formalized and subjected to certain rules.

Humanity has to consider what is going to happen due to the newest development in genetics or in ai. One can make an approximate prediction of what will happen.

Once Mankin felt an existential threat coming from nuclear weapons, all nuclear nations began to come to terms with one another. Since they realized the negligent use of nuclear weaponry could drive humanity to extinction.

It is impossible to stop research in genetics or AI today just as it was impossible to stop the use of gunpowder back in the day.

But as soon as we realize that the threat comes from unbridled and uncontrolled development of AI or genetics, or any other field, the time will come to reach an international agreement on how to regulate these things. I

[01:51:07] Tucker Carlson: appreciate all the time you've given us. I just gotta ask you one last question, and that's about someone who's very famous in the United States, probably not here.

Evan Gershkovitz, who's the Wall Street Journal reporter. He's 32, um, and he's been in prison for almost a year. Uh, this is a huge story in the United States, and I just wanna ask you directly, without getting into the details of it, or your version of what happened, if as a sign of your decency, you would be willing to release him to us and we'll bring him back to the United States.

[01:51:50] Middle3: We have done so many gestures of goodwill out of decency that I think we have run out of them. We have never seen anyone reciprocate to us in a similar manner. However, in theory, we can say that we do not rule out that we can do that, if our partners take reciprocal steps. When I talk about the partners, I, first of all, refer to special services.

Special services are in contact with one another, they are talking about the matter in question. There is no taboo to settle this issue. We are willing to solve it. But there are certain terms being discussed via special services channels. I believe an agreement can be reached.

[01:52:48] Tucker Carlson: So, typically, I mean, this stuff has happened for, obviously, centuries.

One country catches another spy within its borders, it trades it for one of its own intel guys in another country. I think what makes the, and it's not my business, but what makes this difference is the guy's obviously not a spy, he's a kid. And maybe he was breaking your law in some way, but he's not a super spy, and everybody knows that.

And he's being held hostage in exchange, which is true. With respect, it's true, and everyone knows it's true. So maybe he's in a different category. Maybe it's not fair to ask for, you know, somebody else in exchange for letting him out. Maybe it degrades Russia to do that.

[01:53:30] Middle3: You know, you can give different interpretations to what constitutes a spy, but there are certain things provided by law. If person gets secret information and does that in conspiratorial manner, then this is a qualified as espionage and that is exactly what he was doing. He was receiving classified confidential information and he did it covertly.

Maybe he did that out of carelessness or his own initiative. Considering the sheer fact this is qualified as espionage, the fact has been proven as he was caught red handed when he was receiving this information. If it had been some far fetched excuse, some fabrication, something not proven, it would have been a different story then.

But he was caught red handed when he was secretly getting confidential information. What is it then?

[01:54:27] Tucker Carlson: But are you suggesting that he was working for the US government, or NATO, or he was just a reporter who was given material he wasn't supposed to have? Those seem like very different, very different things.

[01:54:38] Middle3: I don't know who he was working for, but I would like to reiterate that getting classified information in secret is called espionage. And he was working for the U. S. Special Services, some other agencies. I don't think he was working for Monaco, as Monaco is hardly interested in getting that information.

It is up to special services to come to an agreement. Some groundwork has been laid. There are people who, in our view, are not connected with special services. Let me tell you a story about a person serving a sentence in an allied country of the U. S. That person, due to patriotic sentiments, eliminated a bandit in one of the European capitals during the events in the Caucasus.

Do you know what he was doing? I don't want to say that, but I will do it anyway. He was laying our soldiers, taken prisoner, on the road and then drove his car over their heads. What kind of person is that? Can he even be called human? But there was a patriot who eliminated him in one of the European capitals, whether he did it of his own volition or not.

That is a different question. Yeah, but Evan,

[01:56:18] Tucker Carlson: I mean that's a completely different, I mean, I mean this is a

[01:56:21] Middle3: 3-year-old like newspaper. He committed something different.

He's not just a journalist, I reiterate, he's a journalist who was secretly getting confidential information. Yes, it is different, but still, I'm talking about other people who are essentially controlled by the U. S. authorities, wherever they are serving a sentence. There is an ongoing dialogue between the special services.

This has to be resolved in a calm, responsible, and professional manner. They are keeping in touch, so let them do their work. I do not rule out that the person you refer to, Mr. Gershkovits, may return to his motherland. By the end of the day, it does not make any sense to keep him in prison in Russia. We want the U.

S. Special Services to think about how they can contribute to achieving the goals our Special Services are pursuing. We are ready to talk. Moreover, the talks are underway, and there have been many successful examples of these talks crowned with success. Probably, this is going to be crowned with success as well.

But we have to come to an agreement.

I hope you let him out. Mr. President, thank you.

I also want him to return to his homeland at last. I am absolutely sincere. But let me say once again, the dialogue continues. The more public we render things of this nature, the more difficult it becomes to resolve them. Everything has to be done in calm manner. I wonder if that's, I wonder if

[01:58:11] Tucker Carlson: that's true with the war though, also, I mean, I just want to, I guess I want to ask one more question, which is, and maybe you don't want to say so for strategic reasons, but are you worried that what's happening in Ukraine could lead to something much larger and much more horrible?

And how motivated are you just to call the U. S. government and say, let's come to terms?

[01:58:43] Middle3: I already said that we did not refuse to talk. We are willing to negotiate. It is the western side, and Ukraine is obviously a satellite state of the US. It is evident. I do not want you to take it as if I am looking for a strong word or an insult, but we both understand what is happening.

The financial support, 72 billion U. S. dollars was provided. Germany ranks second, then other European countries come. Dozens of billions of U. S. dollars are going to Ukraine. There's a huge influx of weapons. In this case, you should tell the current Ukrainian leadership to stop and come to negotiating table, rescind this absurd decree.

We did not refuse.

[01:59:36] Tucker Carlson: Sure, but you already said it. I didn't think you meant it as an insult, because you already said correctly. It's been reported that Ukraine was prevented from negotiating a peace settlement by the former British Prime Minister acting on behalf of the Biden administration. So of course there's a satellite.

Big countries control small countries. That's not new. And that's why I asked about dealing directly with the Biden administration, which is making these decisions, not President Zelensky of Ukraine.

[02:00:09] Middle3: Well, if the Zelensky administration in Ukraine refused to negotiate, I assume they did it under the instruction from Washington. If Washington believes it to be the wrong decision, let it abandon it, let it find a delicate excuse so that no one is insulted. Let it come up with the way out. It was not us who made this decision, it was them.

So let them go back on it. That is it. However, they made the wrong decision, and now we have to look for a way out of the situation to correct their mistakes. They did it, so let them correct it themselves. We support this.

[02:00:51] Tucker Carlson: So I just wanna make sure I'm not misunderstanding what you're saying. I don't think that I am.

I think you're saying you want a negotiated settlement. to what's happening in Ukraine.

[02:01:04] Middle3: Right. And we made it. We prepared the huge document in Istanbul that was initialed by the head of the Ukrainian delegation. He affixed his signature to some of the provisions, not to all of it. He put his signature and then he himself said we were ready to sign it and the war would have been over long ago 18 months ago.

However, Prime Minister Johnson came, talked us out of it, and we missed that chance. Well, you missed it, you made a mistake, let them get back to that, that is all. Why do we have to bother ourselves and correct somebody else's mistakes? I know one can say it is our mistake. It was us who intensified the situation and decided to put an end to the war that started in 2014 in Donbass, as I have already said, by means of weapons.

Let me get back to furthering history. I already told you this. We were just discussing it. Let us go back to 1991 when we were promised that NATO would not expand to 2008, when the doors to NATO opened to the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine declaring Ukraine a neutral state. Let us go back to the fact that NATO and US military bases started to appear on the territory of Ukraine, creating threats to us.

Let us go back to Kuta in Ukraine in 2014. It is pointless though, isn't it? We may go back and forth endlessly, but they stopped negotiations. Is it a mistake? Yes. Correct it, we are ready. What else is needed?

[02:02:50] Tucker Carlson: Do you think it's too humiliating at this point for NATO to accept Russian control of what was two years ago Ukrainian territory?


[02:03:01] Middle3: said, uh, let them think how to do it with dignity. There are options if there is a will.

Up until now, there has been the uproar and screaming about inflicting a strategic defeat on Russia on the battlefield.

Now they are apparently coming to realize that it is difficult to achieve, if possible at all. In my opinion, it is impossible by definition. It is never going to happen. It seems to me that now those who are in power in the West have come to realize this as well. If so, if the realization has set in, they have to think what to do next.

We are ready for this dialogue.

[02:03:54] Tucker Carlson: Would you be willing to say, congratulations, NATO, you won and just keep the situation where it is now?

[02:04:07] Middle3: You know, it is a subject matter for the negotiations. No one is willing to conduct or to put it more accurately, they're willing, but do not know how to do it. I know they want it. It is not just I see it, but I know they do want it, but they're struggling to understand how to do it. They have driven the situation to the point where we are at.

It is not us who have done that. It is our partners, opponents who have done that. Well, now let them think how to reverse the situation. We're not against it. It would be funny if it were not so sad.

This endless mobilization in Ukraine, the hysteria, the domestic problems. Sooner or later, it will result in agreement. You know, this probably sounds strange given the current situation,

but the relations between the two peoples will be rebuilt anyway.

It will take a lot of time, but they will heal.

I'll give you very unusual examples. There is a combat encounter on the battlefield. Here is a specific example. Ukrainian soldiers got encircled. This is an example from real life. Our soldiers were shouting to them, there is no chance, surrender yourselves, come out and you will be alive. Suddenly, the Ukrainian soldiers were screaming from there in Russian.

Perfect Russian saying, Russians do not surrender, and all of them perished. They still identify themselves as Russian.

What is happening is, to a certain extent, an element of a civil war. Everyone in the West thinks that the Russian people have been split by hostilities forever. No, they will be reunited. The unity is still there. Why are the Ukrainian authorities dismantling the Ukrainian Orthodox Church? Because it brings together not only the territory, it brings together our souls.

No one will be able to separate the souls.

Shall we end here or is there anything else? No, I think that's great. I assume. Thank you, Mr. President.

[02:07:08] Tucker Carlson: Free speech is bigger than any one person or any one organization. Societies are defined by what they will not permit. What we're watching is the total inversion of virtue.


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