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Russia sees it hard to make satisfactory decision over Snowden


08:26, July 02, 2013

MOSCOW, July 1 (Xinhua) -- No ready-made decision over the fate of fugitive Edward Snowden exists, said Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council, Monday.

"There is no decision which would satisfy both sides," Patrushev told the state news channel Russia-24.

This is up to the Russian and U.S. special agencies to figure out how to exit from the controversy caused by the presence of the former U.S. secret service contractor, Edward Snowden, at a Moscow airport's transit area, who is wanted by Washington, Patrushev said.

"(Russian and U.S.) presidents ordered the head of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov and director of the FBI Robert Muller to stay in permanent touch and look for options," he added.

According to Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov, Russian President has not discussed the issue so far with his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama.

Patrushev believed that finding a solution could be a complicated task as the situation falls into a legal limbo. "They must found a solution in the frames of the international laws. But currently there is no a particular norm or a recipe," the official noted.

Snowden fled the United States to Hong Kong in May, a few weeks before publishing in the Guardian and the Washington Post of details he said he provided about secret U.S. government surveillance of Internet and phone traffic.

He faces espionage charges in the United States and has requested political asylum in Ecuador. He has not been seen in public since he arrived in Moscow more than a week ago, but Russian officials confirmed he was in a transit area at Sheremetyevo airport.

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