Russia has long been concerned by the military alliance’s expansion toward its borders.
In the interview, Putin said NATO was persistently looking for an enemy to justify its existence.
“There is no longer an Eastern Bloc, no more Soviet Union. Therefore, why does NATO keep existing?” he asked, adding, “My impression is that in order to justify its existence, NATO has a need of an external foe, there is a constant search for the foe, or some acts of provocation to name someone as an adversary.”
He then argued that Russia “is forced to” take countermeasures over the ever-growing NATO threat and armed military build-up on Russian borders.
“We have to aim our missile systems at facilities that are threatening us. The situation becomes more tense,” Putin said.
In the short clip of the documentary, Stone claimed he held credible information that Putin had survived “at least five assassination attempts,” which the Russian leader implied had been successfully foiled by his security team.
“I do my job and the security officers do theirs, and they are still performing quite successfully,” Putin said, noting that “I trust them.”
In the interview, Putin indicated his belief in God. In response to the question, “What is your fate sir, do you know?” Putin said, “Only God knows our destiny – yours and mine.”
Apparently referring to the prospect of death, he then said, “One day, this is going to happen to each and every one of us. The question is what we will have accomplished by then in this transient world, and whether we’ll have enjoyed our life?”