February 20, 2024

Putin claims if US stops giving Ukraine weapons the war will be over ‘in weeks’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson that if the US stopped sending weapons to Ukraine, the war would be over “in weeks”.

Asked why he doesn’t call President Joe Biden and work out an answer in Ukraine, Putin requested: “What’s there to work out?”

“Stop supplying weapons and it will be over within weeks,” Mr Putin added.

Asked a couple of potential nuclear battle, Mr Putin mentioned: “That’s what they’re talking about and they’re trying to intimidate their own people with these threats …. smart people understand that this is a fake, they’re trying to fuel the ‘Russian threat’.”

Mr Putin has used the prospect of nuclear in repeated makes an attempt to intimidate Ukraine and the West.

When Carlson requested if Mr Putin would assault Poland, he mentioned: “Only in one case, if Poland attacks Russia – we have no interest in Poland, Latvia or anywhere”.

“It is absolutely out of the question … it goes against common sense to be involved in a global war … and a global war will bring humanity to the brink of destruction,” he added.

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Mr Putin appeared to provide Carlson a vast period of time for the interview as after two hours, the former cable information host was the one who selected to finish it.

The Russian president claimed in the interview with Carlson that peace talks “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 Kyiv … 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,” he added.

The Russian chief revealed that he hasn’t spoken to President Joe Biden since earlier than the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

“We haven’t spoken,” he mentioned, however he added that “certain contacts are being maintained”.

Mr Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, eight years after seizing the Ukrainian areas of Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk. Hundreds of 1000’s of Ukrainian service personnel and civilians – and an analogous variety of Russian troops – have been killed over the previous two years. Several million Ukrainians have been pressured to flee the nation, whereas cities like Mariupol have been nearly destroyed by the invaders.

The US – together with the European Union and Britain – has spent billions supporting Ukraine since the invasion started, each in army {hardware} and in monetary help to assist cease its economic system collapsing whereas it’s underneath assault.

However, Republicans in Washington DC have blocked the newest spherical of funding, regardless of claims that doing so means Ukraine’s defence will collapse, emboldening Mr Putin and giving him the inexperienced mild for future assaults in the area – one thing the Russian president has mentioned he isn’t planning.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled Russian businessman, oligarch, and opposition chief, wrote in a thread on X that “everything Putin does has one goal – to keep him in power for as long as possible. That’s why he assassinates journalists, that’s why he invaded Ukraine – and it’s also why he let Tucker Carlson interview him”.

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Mr Putin is accused of jailing Mr Khodorkovsky in 2003 on trumped-up costs earlier than confiscating his oil firm.

“As much as Putin and his propagandists might paint the West as public enemy number one in Russia, the truth is, he craves Western attention and approval. Why? Because it gives him legitimacy at home,” Mr Khodorkovsky wrote on X on Thursday evening. “Russians might be taught to despise the West, but at the same time, a lot of them still view Europe and the US as cultural role models. They watch Western films, they buy Western goods, they follow Western sports teams.”

“So, when a prominent Westerner says something complimentary about Putin, this holds a lot of weight among the Russian public, and it contributes to Putin’s approval ratings. And Putin knows it,” he added.