Putin did not answer the stone, called him Obama about the extradition of Snowden

© AFP 2017 / Philippe LopezПортрет Edward Snowden. Archival photoPutin did not answer the stone, called him Obama about the extradition of Snowden© AFP 2017 / Philippe Lopez

Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the Director Oliver stone did not answer the question of whether he called President Barack Obama about the extradition of a former employee of the national security Agency (NSA), USA Edward Snowden.

«I wouldn’t want to talk about it. This thing is a confidential nature,» Putin said in a film shown on American channel Showtime, answering the question, called him Obama about Snowden.

Meanwhile, Putin admitted that the American side asked Moscow to extradite the former NSA employee, but Russia is not able to do it, because the United States previously refused to sign a contract in the legal field for the mutual extradition of criminals.

«The United States refused to cooperate with us in this area. And according to our law he has not broken anything. Therefore, in the absence of the agreement on mutual extradition despite the fact that the US themselves, we never gave criminals who had found refuge in the United States to make unilaterally, that we asked our American partners, was absolutely unacceptable,» — said the Russian President.

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 Sheremetyevo airport.

Russia gave Snowden temporary asylum for one year on the condition that it will cease operations against the United States. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit, which allows him to travel not only in Russia but also abroad. In January 2017, Snowden has been extended residence permits until 2020.