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During a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his openness to negotiating with the United States over the war in Ukraine.
Putin insisted that Russia has always been ready for dialogue, stating, “We have not refused. It was them who publicly refused,” in reference to the US and its allies. This claim of readiness for peace talks comes amid skepticism from US officials, who point to Russia’s demands, including Ukraine’s exclusion from NATO and the retention of territories occupied by Russian forces, as barriers to genuine negotiation.
Putin’s comments in the interview, described as one of his most detailed public expressions on the willingness to end the war, suggested a potential shift in the Kremlin’s stance, especially as Russian forces consolidate their positions and the US faces internal debates over further aid to Ukraine. Putin said, “Wouldn’t it be better to negotiate with Russia? Make an agreement.”
Throughout the interview, Putin also delved into historical narratives to justify the invasion of Ukraine, a tactic met with skepticism by Carlson. He reiterated his stance on “denazifying” Ukraine and protecting ethnic Russians while accusing the West of provoking conflict.