Russian President Vladimir Putin recently met with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson in a two-hour interview. Despite being late by a couple of hours, as he has done with many other world leaders in the past, Putin’s tardiness led to a detailed and history-laden interview that Carlson found to be filibustering.
Putin has a history of making people wait, including Trump, the Pope, and Merkel. According to Putin’s ex-wife, this lateness was even a feature of their first dates. Russia experts have seen this strategy as a sign of approval and a power play to assert dominance over his guests.
During his interviews, Putin has made controversial statements, particularly regarding the existence of a separate Ukrainian nation. These statements have added to a growing list of repeated unreliable and controversial contentions.