Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson will premier his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday, February 8th, at 6 p.m. EST.

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Carlson ended speculation earlier this week by announcing his interview with Putin in a video statement posted to X.

WATCH:

Carlson has reportedly left Russia following his interview with Putin.

Footage surfaced of the journalist reportedly at the VIP Lounge before departing the Moscow airport.

Per CNBC:

U.S. journalist Tucker Carlson has reportedly left Russia following his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian online news outlet Mash published a photo of Carlson purportedly on a night flight from Moscow to Belgrade, Russian news agency Tass reported Thursday. CNBC was unable to verify the report.

Reports claimed European Union lawmakers were considering sanctions or a travel ban against Carlson for the interview with Putin.

Tucker Carlson Could Possibly Be Sanctioned For Interviewing Vladimir Putin, Report Claims

However, the European Union has denied the claims.

From Euronews:

The European Union has refuted reports that it is considering sanctions on American polemist Tucker Carlson for his controversial interview with Vladimir Putin, recorded during his trip to Moscow.

On Wednesday, a flurry of conservative commentators falsely claimed the bloc was mulling slapping a travel ban on Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, after the Kremlin confirmed his sit-down with the Russian president had taken place. It marks Putin's first interview with a Western reporter since he launched the all-out war on Ukraine.

The claim was initially reported by the American magazine Newsweek, based on comments made by a current and former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who called on member states to consider sanctions on Carlson for acting as a "mouthpiece" and "propagandist" for Putin's regime.

The remarks of the two lawmakers, who have no competence to propose or approve sanctions, were mistakenly associated with formal EU plans to target Carlson with restrictive measures, and amplified by X owner Elon Musk, who described the allegations as "disturbing" and a move that would "greatly offend the American public." Musk's post garnered over 25 million views.

Carlson's full interview with Putin will be released both on his website and X account.

It will surely be one of the most viewed and discussed interviews in a long time.

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