MOSCOW, 12 APR — RIA Novosti. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov believes the ridiculous statement that the Russian side Jacob was recruited by former U.S. intelligence officer Edward Snowden.
“Let’s not forget about the Magnitsky act and the reaction of Washington that (Edward) Snowden remained in Russia. Then the President (Barack) Obama even canceled his visit to Russia due to the fact that we are not extradited Snowden. They really believe that is what we allegedly lured him to Russia, he was recruited by our security services. It’s funny, because this man didn’t fly to Russia, and one from Latin American countries,” Lavrov said in an interview with CNN.
The Minister recalled that soon after the departure of Snowden from Hong Kong “, his passport was revoked,” what the Russian side has received official notification. “In this regard, we could not let him, from a legal point of view, to get on any plane, and even to stay in Russia. He was kept in the terminal (Sheremetyevo), after which he sent a requested to grant him asylum, and asylum was presented. However, this precedent has provoked such a nervous reaction, that President Obama even canceled his visit to Moscow”, — said Lavrov.
As was stated by the foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, “the inability to weigh your back step sometimes leads to very annoying errors”.
Snowden in June 2013 gave the Washington Post and the Guardian series of secret materials about the programs of surveillance of US intelligence and the UK on the Internet. He flew to Hong Kong and then to Moscow, where some time was in the transit area of the Moscow airport.
Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum for one year on the condition that it will cease operations against the United States. The first of August 2014 Snowden received a three-year residence permit, which allows him to travel not only in Russia but also abroad.