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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Putin on Snowden, Russia-US relations


President Vladimir Putin says Russian-American ties are more important than the issue of the fugitive former U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who is currently sheltering at a Moscow airport.

'Our bilateral ties, in my view, are much more important than any squabbles around the work of security services,' Putin told journalists in the context of questions about tensions related to the U.S. contractor.

Snowden has been in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23 and has requested temporary asylum in Russia.

Putin said he was more focused on the task of developing U.S. relations.

'We have warned Mr. Snowden that any activity on his part that could harm Russian-U.S. relations is unacceptable to us,' Putin said, repeating a warning from July 1.

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