Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson branded Tucker Carlson a “traitor to journalism” and asserted that his Vladimir Putin interview was “straight out of Hitler’s playbook” after the Russian strongman accused Johnson of scuppering a peace deal between Moscow and Kyiv throughout the early days of the struggle in 2022.
Responding to the interview with Putin, which he in comparison with interviews carried out with Adolph Hitler in 1940, Boris Johnson wrote in his column within the Daily Mail that the interview was “straight out of Hitler’s playbook” and that Tucker Carlson served as a “stooge of the tyrant, the dictaphone to the dictator and a traitor to journalism,” including: “In his fawning, guffawing, slack-jawed happiness at having a ‘scoop’, he betrayed his viewers and listeners around the world.”
Johnson — who has been one of probably the most ardent backers of Ukraine because the Russian invasion of 2022, to such an extent that the previous British chief has had streets renamed in his honour in Ukraine, and has been the topic of murals and paintings celebrating his devotion to the Ukrainian trigger — in contrast Putin’s actions in Ukraine to Hitler within the Second World War and Carlson to those that opposed U.S. involvement within the struggle towards the Nazis.
“I pray that the people of the U.S. are able to see through last night’s unholy charade of an interview. I know how many U.S. congress men and women have been fans of Tucker Carlson, and I say: remember Charles Lindbergh, remember the America Firsters, remember how many American legislators at first opposed involvement in the war with Hitler,” Johnson wrote.
“Well, they were wrong then, and the Tucker Carlsonites are grievously wrong about Putin today. To all those Republicans who are currently blocking aid to Ukraine, I say, for God’s sake remember who you are,” he continued.
Johnson went on to beseech former President Donald Trump, who has persistently known as for peace talks to finish the struggle, to “turn his party around” on the difficulty and to proceed to arm Ukraine as he did in 2018, with the approval of the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Kyiv.
The heated response got here as Putin used the interview to accuse Johnson of stopping a peace deal within the early days of the struggle in 2022. While Johnson didn’t expressly deny urging the Ukrainians to stroll away from the desk, he stated: “As every member of the Ukrainian government will confirm, from Zelensky down, nothing and no one could have stopped those lion-hearted Ukrainians from fighting for their country — and nothing will.”
‘We should not fall for this tissue of lies from Putin’
Boris slams Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin in his Mail column
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In his interview with Tucker Carlson, the Russian strongman claimed that the Kremlin and Kyiv had been keen to signal a peace settlement throughout negotiations in Istanbul, however that then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the Ukrainians to withdraw from the talks and reject the deal, saying “we could have stopped those hostilities with war a year and a half ago already”.
Putin claimed that the Zelensky authorities was keen to “obey the demand or persuasion of Mr Johnson,” including: “Prime Minister Johnson came, [talked Ukraine] out of it and we missed that chance. Well, you missed it. You made a mistake.”
It is just not the primary time that Moscow has accused the previous British chief of prolonging the struggle, which has seen an estimated half million killed or injured because the Russian invasion in 2022, with Kremlin spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claiming last year that Johnson “banned” Ukraine from agreeing to a peace settlement and “demanded the continuation of hostilities against Russia”.
Zakharova’s feedback got here within the wake of statements made by Davyd Arakhamia, the chief of President Zelensky’s Servant of the People occasion in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada parliament, who stated that Johnson urged Ukraine to “not sign anything with [Russia] at all, and let’s just fight”. Arakhamia would later claim that his feedback had been being distorted by Moscow and that no international chief might have persuaded Ukraine to face down in 2022.
The Zelensky ally additionally asserted that the talks in Istanbul had been merely an try to purchase the Ukrainian navy time and that Russia’s calls for — that Kyiv agrees to a neutrality pact alongside the traces of Finland — had been unattainable for Ukraine to comply with provided that in search of membership within the NATO alliance had been codified into Ukraine’s structure. Furthermore, Arakhamia stated that there was no belief on the Ukrainian aspect that Putin would honour the phrases of any deal.
Tucker Interview: Putin Repeats Russian Claim That Britain’s Boris Johnson Torpedoed Ukraine Peace Deal https://t.co/s4Y98xOuHh
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