Bad days? No, I’m not a woman, says Putin

Takes is­sue with op­po­site sex in Oliver Stone in­ter­views

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VLADIMIR Putin claims he never fails to per­form at work be­cause he is not a woman.

In a se­ries of ex­tra­or­di­nary in­ter­views, the Rus­sian pres­i­dent said women went through “nat­u­ral cy­cles” that made them more emo­tional.

Putin also said he took tips from Fidel Cas­tro on how to avoid as­sas­si­na­tion and ad­mired Ron­ald Rea­gan for stop­ping work by 6pm ev­ery day.

The in­ter­views were con­ducted by Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tor Oliver Stone, who asked: “Do you ever lose it? Ever had a bad day?”

Putin replied: “I’m not a woman so I don’t have bad days. I’m not try­ing to in­sult any­one. That’s just the na­ture of things.

“There are cer­tain nat­u­ral cy­cles which men prob­a­bly have as well, just less man­i­fested. We’re all hu­man be­ings, it’s nor­mal. But you should never lose con­trol.”

The Rus­sian leader said it was his duty to up­hold tra­di­tional val­ues and he op­posed gay mar­riage be­cause it did not pro­duce chil­dren. Asked if gay peo­ple could adopt, Putin said: “I can­not say our so­ci­ety wel­comes that.”

Rus­sia has faced in­ter­na­tional out­rage about its anti-gay laws and many of the LGBT peo­ple live in fear.

In the in­ter­views, screened next week on US TV net­work Show­time, Putin ac­cused Wash­ing­ton of hav­ing an im­pe­ri­al­ist men­tal­ity. He said the West re­neged on a pledge af­ter the fall of the Ber­lin Wall that the east­ern bor­der of Nato would stop at Ger­many’s east­ern bor­der.

In the in­ter­views Putin de­scribed whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den, who was granted asy­lum by Rus­sia af­ter flee­ing the US, as a coura­geous and fool­hardy man.

He joked that Rus­sia was bet­ter than the US at sur­veil­lance be­cause it did not have the same tech­nol­ogy, sug­gest­ing its agents had to rely on their wits.

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies be­lieve Rus­sian hack­ers stole Demo­cratic Party emails and leaked them to Wik­ileaks to help Don­ald Trump in the US elec­tion.

For­mer di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence James Clap­per has said that Rus­sia poses “an ex­is­ten­tial threat to the US “. But Putin said in the film: “Un­like many part­ners of ours, we never in­ter­fere in the do­mes­tic af­fairs of other coun­tries.”

He said he ad­mired Rea­gan, who he said was a “happy man, very well or­gan­ised”.

Putin, who works out ev­ery day, said it had been a “great achieve­ment” that the US pres­i­dent was able to stop work at 6pm each day and watch TV with his wife.

When Stone brought up per­sonal se­cu­rity, Putin said he had spo­ken to Cas­tro about as­sas­si­na­tion plots. Putin has sur­vived at least five while the Cuban leader lived through around 50. – The Daily Mail

PIC­TURE: AP

Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin tells Hol­ly­wood fim-maker Oliver Stone he sel­dom al­lows his emo­tions to get the bet­ter of him.

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