In the final part of US filmmaker Oliver Stoneâ€™s documentary series, Putin Interviews, which was aired on Showtime on Thursday night, the Russian leader told the Oscar-winning director about how Washington has attempted to interfere in the Russian electoral process through US diplomatic staff and by pouring money into NGOs.
[They did it] in 2000, and in 2012, this always happened. But especially aggressively in 2012. I will not go into details,â€ Putin said, adding that all of the other post-Soviet republics have also been subject to US meddling.
As one of the most glaring examples, Putin pointed out that US diplomatic workers had actually campaigned for the Russian opposition.
â€œThey gathered opposition forces and financed them, went to opposition rallies,â€ the Russia leader noted, adding that he had broached this issue with members of the past administration, including Barack Obama and John Kerry.
Another tool the US uses to project influence is NGOs, which â€œare frequently financed through a number of layers and structures either from the State Department or some other quasi-governmental sources,â€ he said, adding that Washington employs the same interference strategy all over the world.