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Russia Denies Involvement in Snowden’s Affairs

Russia Says Snowden Didn't Enter Its Territoryi
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June 25, 2013 4:32 PM
Russia is denying that Edward Snowden has entered its territory, although the former American intelligence contractor wanted by the United States is believed to be in the international transit zone of a Moscow airport. VOA's Richard Green has more from Washington.

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Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says the Kremlin has had no role in the affairs of former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, and is not conspiring to help him evade prosecution in the United States.
 
Lavrov said Snowden independently chose his own route - apparently referring to Snowden’s reported departure from Hong Kong - emphasizing that Russia heard about it from the media.
 
Lavrov said Snowden has not crossed the border into Russia and the Kremlin thinks the attempts by the United States to make it seem like Russia is violating U.S. law are unfounded and unacceptable.
 
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Lavrov's comments are the first official reaction from the Kremlin since Snowden allegedly flew from Hong Kong to a Moscow airport on Sunday. Reporters have not seen Snowden, but he is believed to be in the airport's transit zone.
 
Washington says Snowden is in Russia and has been pressuring Moscow to expel him and send him back home so he can face charges of espionage.
 
Lavrov said Russia is not violating any laws stressing that there are no legal grounds for Washington's behavior and claims.
 
Tensions between Moscow and Washington have risen lately. Both sides disagree on several important issues including missile defense, Syria, child adoptions and now Snowden.
 
Later Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is not looking for a confrontation with Russia and called for "calm and reasonableness" in the Snowden situation.

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by: Lara
June 26, 2013 2:48 AM
That's for birds, Mr. Lavrov!


by: andrewborovskikh@gmail.co
June 25, 2013 12:15 PM
Edward Snowden acted not for money, but from his convictions. What if Russia extradited him, would John Kerry see it as a friendly move on the part of Russia? Hardly ever. The bird has flown, and the children gleefully wave goodbye. You are a man, Kerry, and must understand. Let Mr. Snowden go wherever he wants. Forgive the kids.


by: MJS917 from: New York
June 25, 2013 8:29 AM
Democracy Now! has been airing some great coverage lately on Edward Snowden and the NSA leak scandal. Here's a link to all of the recent segments, which include interviews with Glenn Greenwald (the Guardian journalist who broke the story), Julian Assange, and other key players in the case: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/nsa


by: Bringdisciplineback from: Bringdisciplineback
June 25, 2013 7:54 AM
Kindly Lyndie_England save Bradley_Snowden from highcrooks & bring back discipline in IndiaUSUK.
Be an iron lady like Queen Elizabeth.

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