Megyn Kelly will interview Vladimir Putin in June, according to a report by Page Six.
NBC News released a statement:
Megyn Kelly of NBC News will moderate the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on stage with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. The conversation will cover a wide range of global political and economic topics, including international trade agreements, cyber-security and the impact of rising military tensions. The annual conference will take place from June 1 to 3, 2017. The exact time and date of the plenary session will be announced in the coming weeks.
This comes the same week it was learned Kelly’s first major interview for NBC (after signing an $18 million deal to leave Fox News) would be with the Kardashian family. The news was met with much derision and humor, as well it should.
Still, interviewing Putin is a rare opportunity for a western journalist. No other foreign leader has challenged America’s foreign policy or inspired as much controversy in its domestic politics. One can expect Kelly will touch on Syria and Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, and hope that she will do it with the ferocity and wit that brought her to fame at Fox News.
Putin was interviewed by Charlie Rose for CBS’s 60 Minutes in 2015, with topics ranging from ISIS and gay rights. Rose went on to receive an Emmy nomination for the exchange.
Putin will also be interviewed by Oliver Stone in an upcoming Showtime special. (Apparently, Showtime wanted to get two people who think the Soviet Union wasn’t all that bad in the same room. Mission accomplished. )
Kelly’s new show on NBC premieres Sunday nights in June.