Kyiv: Tucker Carlson’s Zelensky Interview Claim is False

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jul.05 - 2024 10:46 AM CET

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Zelensky’s spokesperson has rejected former talk show host Tucker Carlson's claim of an interview with the Ukrainian leader.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s spokesperson, Serhiy Nykyforov, has denied a claim made by American commentator and writer Tucker Carlson that he had secured an interview with Zelensky.

This news was reported by Politico on Thursday.

Denial from Kyiv

Nykyforov addressed Carlson’s claim on Facebook, suggesting that the former talk show host should "check with his sources in the FSB more carefully."

He firmly stated, "The president of Ukraine has a completely different schedule, and Tucker Carlson is not on it."

This response followed Carlson's announcement on the social media platform X that he had secured an interview with Zelensky.

Carlson wrote, "Looks like we’ve got the Zelensky interview," adding, "Coming soon we hope."

Carlson explained that he had been trying for two years to secure the interview, with increased efforts following his February interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He claimed the interview would provide Americans with important information about the conflict in Ukraine.

Carlson's Controversial History

Carlson, a former host for Fox News, was fired in April last year.

He has a history of criticizing Zelensky, labeling him as the “celebrity-endorsed dictator of the most corrupt nation in Europe” and accusing him of using US tax dollars to create a “one-party police state” in Ukraine.

In February, Carlson faced backlash for his interview with Putin in Moscow. Critics noted his failure to challenge Putin’s historical claims and his allowance of a nearly 30-minute lecture by Putin on Russian history.