“We have no obsession that Russia must be a superpower. The only thing we do is protecting our vital interests,” Putin told CBS's Charlie Rose. “Nuclear weapons and other weapons are the means to protect our sovereignty and legitimate interests, not the means to behave aggressively or to fulfill some non-existent imperial ambitions.”
Russia’s president met with the American journalist in the state Novo-Ogaryovo residence near Moscow. While thanking Putin for inviting “us to your home” on a “lovely Russian afternoon,” the reporter touched on the president’s love for his country’s culture and history.