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US-Russia Relations Bigger Than Snowden Affair Says Putin

Posted By admin On July 17, 2013 @ 5:15 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RIA Novosti [1]
July 17, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised relations between Russia and the United States Wednesday, saying they are more important than any intelligence scandal.

“International relations, in my opinion, are more important than the special services’ hassles,” Putin said Wednesday, referring to the saga of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the US authorities on espionage charges and seeking currently asylum in Russia.

Snowden submitted a request for asylum in Russia Wednesday, after being holed up at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport transit zone since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23. Snowden faces prosecution in the US for leaking highly sensitive classified data about the US National Security Agency’s surveillance activities.

Russia has warned Snowden that he should not “damage Russian-American relations,” while in Russia, Putin told reporters Wednesday.

The president also reiterated his previous claims that Snowden is not planning to stay in Russia for long, citing Snowden himself.

“He is a young man, as a matter of fact, we don’t quite understand how he made his decision and how he is going to shape his life in future,” Putin said.


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[1] RIA Novosti: http://en.rian.ru/politics/20130717/182277063/US-Russia-Relations-Bigger-Than-Snowden-Affair-Says-Putin.html

[2] Obama speaks direct to Putin about Edward Snowden as whistleblower seeks temporary asylum in Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-speaks-direct-to-putin-about-edward-snowden-as-whistleblower-seeks-temporary-asylum-in-russia.html

[3] Obama cancels meeting with Russia’s Putin over Snowden decision: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-cancels-meeting-with-russias-putin-over-snowden-decision.html

[4] Putin: Snowden still in Moscow airport, won’t be extradited, free to go anywhere: http://www.prisonplanet.com/edward-snowden-never-crossed-border-into-russia-says-foreign-minister.html

[5] Russia Denies Snowden Has Applied For Political Asylum: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-denies-snowden-has-applied-for-political-asylum.html

[6] Putin says Snowden should stop harming “our American partners”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/putin-says-snowden-should-stop-harming-our-american-partners.html

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