Snowden issue outside of Kremlin's agenda - presidential press secretary
The future of former CIS employee Edward Snowden is not on Kremlin's agenda, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said on Ekho Moskvy radio.
Speaking in Finland President Vladimir Putin stated his opinion of the developments and also clearly said that de jure Snowden did not enter the Russian Federation, did not cross the border.
"Besides, the president said that he is not dealing with the matter and prefers that special services would deal with it. Thus, the subject is not on the agenda of the Kremlin," Peskov said.
"As this is not our issue, I don't know what the options of developments may be, what legal and other aspects of the subject exist. I cannot tell you anything, explain anything or give any evaluation," the presidential press secretary added.
Peskov said hat the Kremlin registers "a very broad range of points of view that various experts and representatives of human rights organizations are expressing" in relation to the situation.
"The public opinion on the subject is very rich. We are aware of that and take it into account," he said.
Earlier Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said that the Russian government should decide what to do to Snowden.
At the present moment the decision on the place of Snowden's stay is in the hands of the Russian authorities, he said on local TV on Saturday.
The process of applying for asylum implies presence in Ecuadoran territory, he added.
He said that Ecuador is not to blame for the situation with Snowden. He said Snowden contacted the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange who was hiding at the Ecuadoran embassy in London and advised Snowden also to seek asylum in Ecuador.
Correa added that he would listen to the opinion of the United States but that Ecuador would make the final decision independently.