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Russia: Snowden in no man's land as Putin hints at Russian exile00:51

Russia: Snowden in no man's land as Putin hints at Russian exile

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 1, 2013 at 15:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Snowden in no man's land as Putin hints at Russian exile

Russia's President Vladimir Putin hinted on Monday that Edward Snowden will have to stop releasing intelligence leaks of the National Security Agency if he wants to get asylum in Russia. The former CIA employee, who is believed to have been living in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow since June 23, was still nowhere to be seen on Monday.

Putin has explained that Russia has no intention of sending Snowden to his native United States, despite the espionage charges made against the former government contractor by the US government. But he also told the press during a summit of gas-exporting nations in Moscow: "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition - he must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, no matter now strange it may sounds on my lips."

Meanwhile Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told the Associated Press on Sunday in an interview, until Snowden arrives at an Ecuadorean embassy or travels to a South American state, his application for asylum in the country can be not be processed. Correa also said the Russian authorities have to make a decision on whether Snowden can leave Russia, commenting the situation is problematic when Snowden does not have a passport.

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Russia: Snowden in no man's land as Putin hints at Russian exile

Russia's President Vladimir Putin hinted on Monday that Edward Snowden will have to stop releasing intelligence leaks of the National Security Agency if he wants to get asylum in Russia. The former CIA employee, who is believed to have been living in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow since June 23, was still nowhere to be seen on Monday.

Putin has explained that Russia has no intention of sending Snowden to his native United States, despite the espionage charges made against the former government contractor by the US government. But he also told the press during a summit of gas-exporting nations in Moscow: "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition - he must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, no matter now strange it may sounds on my lips."

Meanwhile Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told the Associated Press on Sunday in an interview, until Snowden arrives at an Ecuadorean embassy or travels to a South American state, his application for asylum in the country can be not be processed. Correa also said the Russian authorities have to make a decision on whether Snowden can leave Russia, commenting the situation is problematic when Snowden does not have a passport.