26 July 2013, 16:07

Snowden won't harm Russian-US relations no matter the situation develops - Peskov

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, who remains at the Sheremetyevo airport, will not harm Russian-American relations, whichever the way the situation may further develop, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"The president has demonstrated strong resolve to prevent this. I have no doubts this will be so indeed, however the situation may develop further," he told reporters on Friday.

Asked whether Russia's position on anyone's extradition to other countries has changed, he said, "We have never surrendered anyone and we will never do so in the future."

Russia will not give Snowden to the US - Russian Presidentail Spokesman

Moscow says security agency FSB is in talks with the FBI over Snowden. But whistleblower will not be extradited to the US, a Kremlin spokesman said, adding he is sure the fugitive NSA contractor will stop harming the US if granted asylum in Russia.

“Russia has never extradited anyone, and will not extradite,” said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Russian President is not handling the case of the former CIA employee Edward Snowden, as “Snowden has not made any request that is subject to consideration by the head of the state,” added Peskov.

Snowden won't harm Russian-US relations no matter the situation develops - Peskov

Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, who remains at the Sheremetyevo airport, will not harm Russian-American relations, whichever the way the situation may further develop, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"The president has demonstrated strong resolve to prevent this. I have no doubts this will be so indeed, however the situation may develop further," he told reporters on Friday. Asked whether Russia's position on anyone's extradition to other countries has changed, he said, "We have never surrendered anyone and we will never do so in the future."

Russian security agency FSB and FBI in talks over Snowden – Kremlin

The FBI and Russian security agency FSB are in talks over NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That’s according to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Russia's FSB federal security agency and its U.S. counterpart, the FBI, are in talks over the fate of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is stuck at a Moscow airport, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday.

Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin was not involved in talks over the 30-year-old American, who is wanted by the United States on espionage charges

US Senate bill authorizes sanctions on Russia or any other country offering Snowden asylum

US sanctions against any country offering asylum to Edward Snowden are unanimously approved in Congress by voice vote as an amendment to next year’s $50.6 billion diplomacy and international aid bill.

The measure introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham demands the State Department coordinate with lawmakers on setting penalties against nations that seek to help Snowden avoid extradition to the United States, where authorities want him prosecuted for revealing details of the government’s massive surveillance system, according to the Washington Post.

"I don’t know if he’s getting a change of clothes. I don’t know if he’s going to stay in Russia forever. I don’t know where he’s going to go," Graham said. "But I know this: That the right thing to do is to send him back home so he can face charges for the crimes he’s allegedly committed."

US authorities receive clarification from Russia on Snowden status

Russian authorities have responded to questions from Washington and clarified the situation around Edward Snowden. This was acknowledged on Thursday at a press briefing by deputy spokesperson for the US State Department Marie Harf.

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney and spokesperson for the US State Department Jen Psaki said that Washington had asked Moscow to clarify Snowden’s status and notify it of any changes to it.

Snowden earlier requested Russian authorities to grant him temporary asylum.

Snowden remains in the transit area of ​​Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where he arrived on June 23 from Hong Kong.

US pushing Russia towards double standards, human rights violations - Kucherena

The US authorities, which are demanding the extradition of former CIA employee Edward Snowden, are pushing Russia to violate human rights, said lawyer Anatoly Kucherena who is rendering legal assistance to the US whistleblower. Snowden is still staying at the Sheremetyevo airport as his asylum status has not been resolved yet.

"Statements of US officials who demand that Russia transfers Snowden are not meaningful; besides, they are inconsistent with international laws. In fact, they urge Russia to discriminate a US citizen who has asked for temporary asylum and to commit a flagrant violation of human rights," Kucherena said.

By declining to transfer the former US security service officer, "the Russian side operates in strict compliance with international legal norms," he said.

"The entire rhetoric of Washington aims to force Russia to violate elementary human rights and to take the path of double standards," Kucherena said.

"This is an absolutely impermissible and unacceptable action in regard to the seeker of temporary asylum," he noted.

"This position of US politicians and diplomats demonstrates their total neglect of fundamental human rights and freedoms," the lawyer said.

"They practically insist that Russia puts Edward on a plane and sends him to Washington as a package," Kucherena said with indignation.

"This position is in discord with the fundamental principles of freedom and democracy the US government has always been declaring," he said.

Kucherena, who heads the Russian Public Chamber's commission for citizen security and the judiciary, met on Wednesday with the former CIA officer stranded in the transit zone of the Sheremetyevo airport.

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax, RIA, Reuters, RT

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