Wednesday, July 17, 2013

US-Russia Relations Bigger Than Snowden Affair Says Putin

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.

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