“I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” Putin told Stone as he was giving him a tour of the Kremlin, Bloomberg reports. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.”
Stone, who has written and directed over 20 movies, including Snowden, JFK and Nixon was interviewing Putin for a four-part film, The Putin Interviews, which will air June 12-15 on Showtime. Stone conducted over a dozen interviews with the Russian president over the course of two years.
The clip Showtime has released from the documentary show Stone and Putin discussing the NSA and Russia’s decision to harbor Edward Snowden. “Snowden is not a traitor,” Putin says. “He didn’t betray the interests of his country.”
Putin said he didn’t agree with Snowden leaking information from the NSA, but said they had overstepped boundaries in terms of surveillance. Russia’s intelligence agencies, he told Stone, “always conform to the law.”