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International Praise For David McCullagh After Interview With Russian Ambassador

International Praise For David McCullagh After Interview With Russian Ambassador
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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David McCullagh's takedown of the Russian Ambassador to Ireland continues to garner a massive reaction, and the six minute interview has spread further than these shores.

The six-minute interview from Friday's Six One News on RTÉ has garnered four million views across social media in less than 24 hours, and has seen a positive reaction worldwide.

Political correspondents, journalists, and military men from the UK, Estonia, Sweden, Canada, and the United States have all praised McCullagh for the interview.

David McCullagh interview: Acclaim worldwide

David McCullagh was given the opportunity to speak to the Russian Ambassador to Ireland, Yuriy Filatov, on Friday evening, as the crisis in Ukraine worsens.

Russian forces continue to advance into their sovereign Eastern European neighbours, with missile strikes hitting the capital city of Kyiv.

McCullagh did not hold back, as he disputed several incorrect claims by Filatov, including one claim that the conflict had been started by the Ukrainian government.

He went on to grill Filatov on his previous assertion that Russia would not invade Ukraine, and his attempts to defend the invasion. He closed by asking Filatov why the Irish government should tolerate his presence while he continues to act as "an apologist for slaughter."


The interview has received acclaim worldwide, with journalists from several major powers commending McCullagh's grilling of Filatov. From the UK, Andrew Neil of the BBC and Susanna Reid of ITV praised McCullagh, while Tory MP Tom Tugenhadt also commended the interview and pushed for the Russian Ambassador to the UK to be expelled.


There was also a strong reaction from American and Canadian journalists. David Begnaud of CBS News shared the video and praised it as "devastatingly effective" - drawing a response from former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Even the contentious Fox News were among those to share the video, with a story about David McCullagh's interview posted on their site on Saturday, and the "apologist for slaughter" quote shared prominently on their social media.

David McCullagh's interview with Yuriy Filatov is a marker of exemplary journalism - and has clearly inspired many in similar situations worldwide to consider their role in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.


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