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Putin confirms Snowden in Moscow airport but denies extradition – as it happened

• The Guardian

Russia has responded sharply to warnings by US officials that Moscow must turn over Snowden. "I would like to say right away that we have no relation to either Mr Snowden or to his relationship with American justice or to his movements around the world," foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

He chose his route on his own, and we found out about it, as most here did, from mass media," Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Algeria's foreign minister. "He did not cross the Russian border."

On Monday US secretary of state John Kerry suggested that Russia's failure to deliver Snowden – whose whereabouts are unknown – could be a violation of the rule of law. "We have returned seven prisoners to [Russia] in the last two years that they requested," Kerry said. "I think its very important to them to adhere to the rule of law and respect the relationship."

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