By Neenah Payne
Tucker Carlson’s Explosive Interview With Vladimir Putin explains that when Carlson’s interview of Premier Vladimir Putin of Russia aired on February 8, Putin pointed out that Russia and the Ukraine had been ready to sign the Minsk Accords of 2022, but Boris Johnson (then Prime Minister of Britain) torpedoed the agreement. The articles and videos below show that the West wants to use the war to weaken Russia and to get Ukraine to join NATO.
The Biden administration has spent $113 billion spent on Ukraine war and Biden wants to bring that up to $200 billion. During the war in Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been killed or displaced and the Biden administration has sent billions of dollars of tax payers’ money to fund the war. Biden has suggested sending US troops. There is no discussion in the administration on how to end this escalating conflict which threatens all of humanity.
As the scrutiny on the US’ role in fueling the Ukraine war grows in Europe, the US has already found its scapegoat. Now, US officials have started pinning the blame on European leaders
Ukraine Russia peace deal: In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that peace negotiations were going on between Russia and Kyiv in March. Putin, after meeting with the presidents of Turkey and Iran in Tehran, told reporters, “There were well-known negotiations in Istanbul, when we actually reached an agreement, the only thing left to do was to sign it.” He, further, said that Russia even made concessions on the ground, militarily, for the deal. He added, “In order to create these conditions, our troops withdrew from central Ukraine, from Kyiv, but the Kyiv authorities refused to implement these agreements and have no desire to do so even now.”
DID THE UK TORPEDO PEACE TALKS ON UKRAINE? explained in late 2022:
THE WEST IS HELL-BENT ON PROLONGING ITS PROXY WAR ENDLESSLY. IAN SINCLAIR PROVIDES THE EVIDENCE….Why did the British government try to torpedo the peace talks? The answer likely lies in the references above to the “collective West” and the opportunity to “press” Putin. As Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA under president Barack Obama, explained in March: the conflict is “a proxy war with Russia whether we say so or not.”
The US is interested in inviting the Ukraine into NATO – which poses a threat to Russia. Interestingly, in his talk with Carlson, Putin said Russia expressed interest in joining NATO because it is no longer a communist country. However, the US under President Bill Clinton refused. Putin Says He Discussed Russia’s Possible NATO Membership With Bill Clinton reports:
Putin delivered this account in a series of interviews with U.S. film director Oliver Stone set to air later this month on the U.S. television network Showtime. Excerpts of the four-part series have been released online in recent days, including one obtained by Politico in which Putin discusses NATO, whose eastward expansion following the collapse of the Soviet Union has long angered Moscow.
Inside Putin’s Russia — Watch the full documentary. See all of Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews.
The US corporate media widely criticized Carlson for interviewing Putin. However, Tucker Carlson’s Explosive Interview With Vladimir Putin explains that many journalists have interviewed Putin earlier without any accusations of “treason” or threats on their ability to return to the US. So, why was Carlson criticized for the interview? Possibly because it threatens the propaganda of the endless war machine. If more Americans understand more of this complex story, they may be less likely to see Ukraine as all good and Russia as all bad. They will be more informed and may have a deeper understanding of the real issues.
From a rambling ‘history lesson’, to ‘arrogant’ Boris Johnson and threats of World War Three — here are the top five moments of the sit down.
Putin threatens World War Three if US puts troops in Ukraine
Putin accused the US of “cheap provocation” over its continued military aid to Kyiv, and warned Washington against extending that support to deploying troops to Ukraine. “If somebody has the desire to send regular troops, that would certainly bring humanity to the brink of a very serious global conflict,” he told Carlson.
He continued that America should focus on its domestic issues. He said: “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. “Wouldn’t it be better to negotiate with Russia? Make an agreement. Already understanding the situation that is developing today, realising that Russia will fight for its interests to the end.”
‘Arrogant’ Boris Johnson is why Ukraine is still fighting, says Putin
Putin repeated claims that Boris Johnson sabotaged a peace deal with Ukraine that was being brokered with the assistance of Turkey in the spring of 2022. Carlson asked Putin about reports that Ukraine was “prevented from negotiating a peace settlement by the former British Prime Minister acting on behalf of the Biden administration”. The former prime minister has previously vehemently denied the claims as “total nonsense” and said he merely “expressed concerns” about the nature of the potential agreement during a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
When Carlson raised the issue, Putin said: “Prime Minister Johnson came to talk us out of it and we missed that chance. Well, you missed it.” He added: “The fact that they obey the demand or persuasion of Mr Johnson, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, seems ridiculous. “Where is Mr Johnson now? And the war continues.” Carlson replied: “That’s a good question. Where do you think he is, and why did he do that?” Putin said he “did not understand it”. “Because of arrogance, because of a pure heart, but not because of a great mind,” he said.
The former top US national security official overseeing Russia policy wrote:
According to multiple former senior U.S. officials we spoke with, in April 2022, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators appeared to have tentatively agreed on the outlines of a negotiated interim settlement: Russia would withdraw to its position on February 23, when it controlled part of the Donbas region and all of Crimea, and in exchange, Ukraine would promise not to seek NATO membership and instead receive security guarantees from a number of countries. But as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in a July interview with his country’s state media, this compromise is no longer an option.
These terms had apparently been ironed out in face-to-face peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey on March 29.
Hill did not reveal what killed the peace process, but the Ukrainska Pravda report from May made it clear that it was Western pressure on Ukraine that sabotaged the negotiated settlement.
There’s mounting evidence that the war in Ukraine could have been over by this point, but key Western backers of Kiev sought to sabotage the potential for peaceful settlement through negotiations. That’s precisely what regional Ukrainian media reports concluded as early as May, soon after the UK’s Boris Johnson showed up in the capital on a “surprise” visit to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time the month prior.
This is what a bombshell story in Ukrainska Pravda said at the time, but which was almost completely ignored in Western mainstream media:
The Ukrainian media English-language report went on to emphasize that Three days after Johnson left for Britain, Putin went public and said talks with Ukraine “had turned into a dead end”. At the time the Istanbul peace talks, which saw top officials from each warring side gather in the Turkish capital, was hailed in some corners as “the quickest way to end the war in Ukraine” – according to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s words, who was seeking to mediate between Moscow and Kiev.
But as the invasion ordered by Putin pressed on, Britain especially was the earliest out front in making large weapons and munitions deliveries to Ukraine via military transport planes a high priority. UK press reports also took note of the ‘convenient’ timing of London going all-in hawkish on Ukraine given Prime Minister Johnson’s enduring ‘Partygate Scandal’ at home. Again, recall the tone of Ukrainian media following the arrival of the British prime minister in Kiev (and it should be noted Johnson was the first leader of a G7 country to visit, coming two weeks after Russian forces withdrew from suburbs around Kiev) on April 9:
This disclosure and confirmation from the US side – that there was a tentative agreement on the table for Russia-Ukraine peace is a huge revelation, again which will likely go largely missing from popular mainstream media coverage. And of course, the glaring omission in the Foreign Affairs essay is Boris Johnson’s aforementioned direct role in scuttling the potential for peaceful settlement at what looked to be a ‘finish line’ moment. Whether or not peace would have ultimately held up will never be known.
What remains clear at this point is Ukraine’s “path to NATO” seems to have already been let go as a key talking point among Ukrainian leadership and in Brussels for now. And yet, there are currently no signs of peace or ceasefire negotiations anywhere on the horizon, also as the Kremlin looks poised to possibly expand its war aims into annexation of territory.
“The British government has become an obstacle to peace in Ukraine,” said the Stop the War Coalition. “The conflict there is developing into a proxy war between Russia and NATO and it is the Ukrainian people who will suffer the consequences.”
The Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda reported Thursday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his surprise visit to Kyiv last month to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to cut off peace negotiations with Russia, even after the two sides appeared to have made tenuous progress toward a settlement to end the war.
Citing unnamed sources from Zelenskyy’s “inner circle” and advisory team, Pravdareported that “Johnson brought two simple messages to Kyiv”: “The first is that Putin is a war criminal; he should be pressured, not negotiated with. And the second is that even if Ukraine is ready to sign some agreements on guarantees with Putin, they are not. We can sign [an agreement] with you [Ukraine], but not with him. Anyway, he will screw everyone over,” is how one of Zelenskyy’s close associates summed up the essence of Johnson’s visit…
Johnson’s position was that the collective West, which back in February had suggested Zelenskyy should surrender and flee, now felt that Putin was not really as powerful as they had previously imagined. Moreover, there is a chance to “press” him. And the West wants to use it.
In public remarks during his trip, Johnson vowed that the U.K.–in line with the U.S., Germany, and other western powers–would continue ramping up its “military and economic support and convening a global alliance to bring this tragedy to an end, and ensure Ukraine survives and thrives as a free and sovereign nation.” “I made clear today that the United Kingdom stands unwaveringly with them in this ongoing fight,” the right-wing British leader said, “and we are in it for the long run.”
In the weeks ahead of Johnson’s April 9 visit, high-level diplomatic talks held in Belarus and Turkey had failed to yield a diplomatic breakthrough, though reports in mid-March indicated that Russian and Ukrainian delegations “made significant progress” toward a 15-point peace deal that would involve Ukraine renouncing its NATO ambitions in exchange for the withdrawal of Moscow’s troops….
Johnson, too, has publicly dismissed the prospect of an imminent diplomatic resolution to the conflict. Speaking to reporters on April 20, the British prime minister said that negotiating with Putin was like dealing with “a crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws.” “It is very hard to see how the Ukrainians can negotiate with Putin now given his manifest lack of good faith,” Johnson said. “His strategy, which is evident, is to try to engulf and capture as much of Ukraine as he can and perhaps to have some sort of negotiation from a position of strength.”
It’s not clear how Zelenskyy himself responded to Johnson’s reported push to halt peace talks. On the same day of the British prime minister’s arrival in Kyiv, Zelenskyy told the Associated Press in an interview that “no one wants to negotiate with a person or people who tortured this nation.” “It’s all understandable,” he continued. “And as a man, as a father, I understand this very well.” But, Zelenskyy added, “we don’t want to lose opportunities, if we have them, for a diplomatic solution.”
On Friday, Zelenskyy said in a virtual address to the British think tank Chatham House that “not all the bridges” to a peaceful settlement with Russia “are destroyed.”
Eisenhower: Beware The Military/Industrial Complex
President Dwight David Eisenhower was a 4-star general in the US army. Yet, in his farewell address on January 17, 1961, President Eisenhower warned America about the rising power of the military-industrial complex that wants endless wars. The legacy media is now just talking heads for the US government. Is that why it so roundly condemned Carlson for his willingness to hear the other side of the story in this dangerous war.
President Dwight Eisenhower spoke to the nation in a farewell address. The address, sometimes referred to as the “Military-Industrial Complex Speech”, is considered by some to be one of the most significant speeches of the Eisenhower presidency.
As Ike left office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became president. He had been a war hero in the Navy and is famous for the words he spoke at the United Nations: “We will never negotiate out of fear, but we will never fear to negotiate”. Kennedy was able to bring the world back from the brink of an almost-certain nuclear holocaust when he had a telephone hotline installed in the White House that let him talk more directly to Premier Krushchev. Both the US military and the military of the USSR were pushing for war, but Kennedy and Krushchev were able to broker a peace that helped save humanity.
Will Tucker’s Interview Facilitate Peace Negotiations?
In the video below, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. points out that France, Germany, Russia, and the Ukraine signed the Minsk Accords in 2014 and Minsk Accords #2 in n2022. However, the US sent British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to torpedo that peace agreement. Putin mentioned Johnson’s role during his interview with Tucker. Diplomacy Watch: Did Boris Johnson help stop a peace deal in Ukraine? See NYT What Are the Minsk Accords, and Could They Defuse the Ukraine Crisis?
Kennedy also explained that when the former Soviet Union agreed to the reunification of East and West Germany in 1992, it was with NATO’s promise not to move further east. However, NATO has since moved 1,000 miles east across 14 countries. Now, there are talks of the Ukraine joining NATO – which is an even more direct threat to Russia. Secretary General in Kyiv: Ukraine is closer to NATO than ever before. Kennedy points out that the Biden administration wants war with Russia because it sees it as an opportunity to finally defeat a decades-long opponent. In addition, the military/industrial complex always needs an “enemy” to justify its massive budget.
None of that is in the interests of the American people, Russia, the Ukraine, or humanity. Carlson was a courageous journalist and real hero in conducting the interview with Putin. It could lead to more balanced reporting and facilitate an end to this war that Is expensive in dollars and lives.
Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post
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