On the “trap” the U.S. has fallen into since the end of the Cold War:
“I believe that if you think you are the only world power, trying to impose on the whole nation the idea of their exclusiveness, this creates an imperialistic mentality in society, which in turn requires an adequate foreign policy expected by society. And the country’s leaders are forced to follow this logic. And in practice this might go contrary to the interest of the Americans…. It demonstrates it’s impossible to control everything.”
Life and death
On bad days: “I’m not a woman so I don’t have bad days…. I’m not trying insult anyone, that’s just the nature of things…. There are certain natural cycles, which men probably have as well, just less manifested…but you should never lose control.”
On death: “One day this will 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.”
His interactions with the U.S.
On anti-Russia rhetoric in U.S. presidential campaigns: After the election they tell Russia “don’t pay too much attention to that,” just posturing.
Russia before Putin
On Mikhail Gorbachev: He “didn’t understand what changes were necessary and how to achieve them.”
On the end of World War II: The Soviets gave the U.S. the excuse to create NATO and start the Cold War by acting “primitively.”