Putin said that Russia was not initially willing to support Snowden

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Archival photoPutin said that Russia was not initially willing to support Snowden© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

Russia initially was not ready to support a former employee of the national security Agency (NSA), USA Edward Snowden, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in an interview with Director Oliver stone.

«We must pay tribute to Mr. Snowden, he wasn’t going to give us some information. He called for joint struggle. And when it became clear that we are not ready for that, I may disappoint many, maybe you, I said it was not for us. And so we have a complicated relationship with the United States, we don’t need further complications. He just left and disappeared,» — said Putin in the film, which was released on the American channel Showtime.

In the course of communication with the American Director Putin was sitting behind the wheel of a car, and stone at a nearby location. In the back seat was the translator.

As reported by the President of the Russian Federation, the first contacts with Snowden took place in China, where he fled from the United States.

«And then I was told that Mr. Snowden on the plane that needs to land in Moscow, and then he must move to another plane and have to fly further to Latin America. But it turned out that the country where he was about to fly, first, it is not very accepted, and second – this information is not from us, but from other sources, were once in the media, and it became clear that he was already just will not fly anywhere,» — said Putin.

Thus, according to the President, a former NSA employee was in Moscow in the hall for transit passengers.

«Here he is a while, we stayed in the area for transit passengers, and then we gave him temporary asylum», — said the 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.