Russian President Vladimir Putin described on Monday US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been trapped in legal limbo at Moscow’s international airport since June 23, as an unwelcome “present” from the US to Russia.
In comments reported by Russian news agencies on Monday, Putin noted that Snowden flew to Moscow on June 23 “without invitation,” intending only to transit to another country.
But Putin says the United States intimidated other countries against accepting Snowden, effectively blocking him from flying further.
He is quoted as saying, “Such a present to us. Merry Christmas.”
Snowden said last week he would apply for Russian asylum. The status of that application is unclear.
Russian news agencies said Monday no formal application had been received. The Federal Migration Service told The Associated Press it had no information on the matter.
- UN climate talks draw to a close as US holds firm on fossil fuels
- US Senator Al Franken accused of groping radio host
- Kushner 'withheld WikiLeaks emails' from Russia probe
- Rival US and Russia resolutions on Syria gas attacks defeated at UN
- Russian parliament approves ‘foreign agents’ media law
- Sessions vows quick action on possible Clinton investigation
- North Korea slams Trump’s ‘warmonger’ Asia tour
- A rare look inside the US 'Antifa' movement
- Republican Senate candidate accused of sexually assaulting minor
- NSA offers bad example of 'good' US surveillance
- Ex-CIA employee source of leak on PRISM program
Date created : 2013-07-15