Putin warns U.S. Russia won't back down over Snowden asylum

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CHITA, Russia — President Vladimir Putin warned the United States that Russia won’t yield to pressure to hand over Edward Snowden.

“We won’t behave like many countries are behaving,” Putin told reporters in the Siberian city of Chita, a day after the former U.S. security contractor bid for temporary asylum in Russia. “We are an independent country and we have an independent foreign policy and we will carry it out. I hope our partners understand this and respond calmly.”

The Russian leader reiterated a demand that the 30-year-old American cease activities that would harm U.S.-Russian relations. Snowden, whose efforts to reach refuge in Latin America have been blocked by the U.S. and its European allies, is willing to stop revealing secrets and accept all conditions to win asylum.

The Obama administration has repeatedly urged the Russian government to expel Snowden to the U.S.

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