Since the start of the war two years ago, this is the first time Putin has consented to speak with a Western journalist, prior to Carlson’s interview with the Russian president.
The former prime minister of Belgium and member of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, suggested that the bloc consider imposing a “travel ban” on Carlson for acting as a “mouthpiece” for Vladimir Putin.
“As Putin is a war criminal and the EU sanctions all who assist him in that effort, it seems logical that the External Action Service examine his case as well,” he stated to Newsweek.
External Action Service (EAS) responsibilities for the European Union’s foreign policy include sanctions and diplomacy.
The EAS has the authority to examine a prospective entry into the European Union’s sanction roster.
In the event that the EAS concludes that the evidence is persuasive and sanctions are justified, it shall present the case for approval to the European Council, which is composed of European government leaders.
In statements to Ukrainian news outlets, Estonian member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet supported a travel prohibition against Tucker Carlson.