President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sought to ease tensions with the United States over the stay of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in Russia, as a lawyer said the fugitive may request Russian citizenship.
Picture released by Human Rights Watch shows US fugitive leaker Edward Snowden during a meeting with rights activists, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, on July 12, 2013. President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow's relations with Washington outweigh the "squabbles" over a spying scandal revealed by Snowden, who has applied for asylum in Russia.
Putin said Moscow's relations with Washington outweighed the "squabbles" over Snowden, who applied for asylum on Tuesday after spending more than three weeks stranded in the transit zone of a Moscow airport.
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