Putin: Snowden mustn't harm partners

2013-07-01 19:20
An unidentified man watches as passengers walk for the Aeroflot flight SU150 from Moscow to Havana, at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. (Sergei Grits, AP)

An unidentified man watches as passengers walk for the Aeroflot flight SU150 from Moscow to Havana, at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. (Sergei Grits, AP)

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Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would not hand former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden over to the United States but that if Snowden wants to stay in Russia he "must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners".

Snowden "is not a Russian agent", Putin said, repeating that Russian intelligence services were not working with the fugitive American, who is believed to remain in the transit area at a Moscow airport eight days after arriving from Hong Kong.

He said Snowden should choose his final destination and go there.

Snowden has since applied for asylum in Russia.

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