July 26, 2013
Russia would not hand over fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden to his home country, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.
“We have never surrendered anyone and we will never do so in the future,” he said.
Peskov also said Russian President Vladimir Putin had not discussed the issue with the U.S. side, leaving it to the Russian Federal Security Service and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to resolve.
“Snowden hasn’t asked for anything where the head of state needs to intervene,” Peskov told reporters.
Meanwhile, he said the issue would not harm Russia-U.S. relations.