President Vladimir Putin defied the US today refusing to extradite NSA leaker Edward Snowden to the US. Snowden is holed up at the Moscow airport.
Russia Today reported:
Russia’s President says former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is still in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Vladimir Putin says that any accusations of Russia related to Snowden are “nonsense and rubbish.”
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“It is true that Snowden has arrived to Moscow, and it really came as a surprise for us. He arrived as a transit passenger, and didn’t need a [Russian] visa, or any other documents. As a transit passenger he is entitled to buy a ticket and fly to wherever he wants,” Putin said as he spoke to journalists in Finland.
Snowden “has not crossed” the Russian border, Putin stressed, saying that any accusations against Russia are “nonsense and rubbish.”
The President said that there is no extradition treaty between Russia and the US, which makes it impossible to extradite people like Snowden.
“We can only extradite any foreign citizens to such countries with which we have signed the appropriate international agreements on criminal extradition,” he explained.