President Vladimir Putin said it was ‘out of the question’ for Russia to invade Poland or Latvia.
He made the remark during an interview with US talk show host Tucker Carlson yesterday, his first with an American journalist since before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago.
Putin said that they ‘simply don’t have any interest’ in expanding the war in Ukraine.
‘Can you imagine a scenario where you send Russian troops to Poland?’ Carlson asked in the interview.
‘Only in one case, if Poland attacks Russia,’ Putin responded, and added: ‘We have no interest in Poland, Latvia or anywhere else.
‘Why would we do that? We simply don’t have any interest… It is absolutely out of the question.’
The Kremlin said Putin agreed to the interview because the approach of the former Fox News host ‘differed from the one-sided reporting of the Ukraine conflict’.
The leader spoke in Russian during the two-hour interview and his speech was translated into English.
He told US talk show host Tucker Carlson in an interview today that they ‘simply don’t have any interest’ in expanding the war in Ukraine Russian soldiers load a rocket into a launcher on a mission at an undisclosed location in Ukraine in a photo released yesterday Vladimir Putin outrageously claimed last night that he was read to sign a deal to end the war with Ukraine 18 months ago but Boris Johnson scuppered the deal The despot made the jaw-dropping accusations during the much anticipated two-hour long sit-down interview with former Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson
This comes as Putin outrageously claimed last night that he was ready to sign a deal to end the war with Ukraine 18 months ago but Boris Johnson scuppered the deal.
The Russian President sensationally claimed the former Prime Minister ‘dissuaded’ the leader of Ukraine’s leading party from signing the document and said it ‘was better to fight Russia’.
Mr Putin claimed that negotiations had been taking place in Istanbul and that Ukraine signed the deal but backed out under pressure from Mr Johnson who said it was ‘better to fight Russia’.
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He claimed that Davyd Arakhamia, the head of Ukraine’s ruing party, put his ‘preliminary signature’ on the deal after direct negotiations with Russian in Istanbul.
Mr Putin said: ‘But then he (Arakhamia) publicly stated to the whole world, we were ready to sign this document but Mr. Johnson, then the Prime Minister, 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’.
Mr Putin went on: ‘And the fact that they obey the demand or persuasion of Mr. Johnson, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, seems ridiculous.
‘And it’s very sad to me because, as Mr. Arakhamia 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.’
Carlson is considered to have close connections to former U.S. President Donald Trump, who is expected to be the Republican Party candidate in the November presidential election.
Trump has called for a de-escalation of the war in Ukraine and has complained about the billions of dollars in aid sent so far.
However, the Biden administration has strongly backed Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky.