U.S-Russian Relations Above Snowden Case Says Putin
Ryan Martin / 3 years ago
According to RT Vladimir Putin has reiterated that U.S-Russian relations are more important than the Edward Snowden case. Despite contrary media reports, Putin says he has no intention of sacrificing relations over one man. Putin reiterated that Moscow would not tolerate any anti-US activity and although he did not warn of any implications of such activities it is theoretically possible that Russia could deport or extradite Snowden to the USA if he doesn’t comply with Russian conditions of stay. When asked how he is controlling Snowden’s activity Putin said:
“I won’t give you any details. We have warned Snowden that any activity of his that could damage US-Russian relations is unacceptable for us.”
Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia and it could take up to three months for it to be processed. Furthermore, Edward Snowden could be transferred to refugee centre while his request is processed. Snowden has indicated his willingness to remain quiet in terms of releasing new leaks while he is in Russia. Edward Snowden has been stuck at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23rd. The U.S government has issued several statements asking Russia to cooperate and send Snowden back to the USA but Russia has so far stated it has no extradition treaty with the USA and will not extradite Snowden back to the USA as a result.
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