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

‘It goes against common sense to be involved in a global war ... and a global war will bring humanity to the brink of destruction,’ Russian president says almost two years after ordering full-scale invasion of his neighbour

Russian President Vladimir Putin told 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 a solution in Ukraine, Putin asked: “What’s there to work out?”

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

Asked about a possible nuclear conflict, Mr Putin said: “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 attempts to intimidate Ukraine and the West.

When Carlson asked if Mr Putin would attack Poland, he said: “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.

Putin calls Ukraine an ‘artificial state shaped at Stalin’s will’

Mr Putin appeared to give Carlson an unlimited amount of time for the interview as after two hours, the former cable news host was the one who chose to end 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 leader revealed that he hasn’t spoken to President Joe Biden since before the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

“We haven’t spoken,” he said, but 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 regions of Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian service personnel and civilians – and a similar number of Russian troops – have been killed over the past two years. Several million Ukrainians have been forced to flee the country, while cities like Mariupol have been virtually destroyed by the invaders.

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