Nations spy on other nations, that is a given. There are acceptable limits.
Now read this statement exactly as written: “Russian intelligence services are not spying on the country’s allies”. The US is not a Russian ally, so Russia is spying on the United States. It really does not get any simpler.
Putin continues: “always conform to the law”. Who’s law, Mr. President? International law, which you do not recognize? Russian law, where domestic violence is not a crime? Where assassinations of Presidential opponents are personally investigated by the Russian President, with no outcome?
Translating plain English into English, Putin is blatantly admitting to spying on the US, but Oliver Stone is such a Russophile that he must have just smiled and accepted the statement’s implications without a second thought.
For once, I believe Putin is telling the absolute truth.
But I am trying to see things from Putin’s and Oliver Stone’s perspective.
Russian intelligence services are not spying on the country’s allies and “always conform to the law,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with US film director Oliver Stone.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Espionage undermines national security as such an activity has negative impact on trust between the states, the Russian president added.
“Our intelligence services always conform to the law. That’s the first thing. And secondly, trying to spy on your allies if you really consider them allies and not vassals is just indecent,” Putin said in an interview partially released by the Newsweek media outlet on Thursday.
The four-part Putin’s interview is expected to be aired by the US Showtime TV channel on June 12-15.