Putin: to conduct surveillance of allies is inappropriate and counterproductive

Vladimir Putin

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NEW YORK, June 2. /Offset. TASS Alexey Kachalin/. The surveillance of the security services of one country for the allies not decent and counterproductive. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. Director Oliver stone for his new project – a series of conversations with the Russian leader. A fragment of the film “Interview with Putin” (The Moscow Interviews) were posted on the website of the magazine the Hollywood Reporter.

The Director asked the President to assess the effectiveness of intelligence operations of Russian security services. “I think they work well. Our intelligence agencies work exclusively in the framework of the current legislation”, – said Putin.

“This is the first and the second still to follow your allies, if you truly consider them your allies, not vassals, it is indecent. This undermines trust and, therefore, ultimately to the detriment of its own national security,” – said the President of the Russian Federation.

In the summer of 2015 in Europe was a scandal when WikiLeaks has published data showing that U.S. intelligence was spying on high-ranking European politicians. Under the hood, the US was three of the French President – Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, numerous Ministers and influential MPs. The national security Agency of the USA listened to telephone conversations and intercepted electronic messages in the period from 2006 to may 2012.

Fully the film will be shown from 12 to 15 June on the cable channel Showtime (a corporate subsidiary of CBS).