U.S.-Russia ties won’t suffer over Snowden: senior Kremlin official

By Reuters
Thursday, August 1, 2013 8:40 EDT
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NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Ties between Russia and the United States will not suffer because of the “relatively insignificant” case of fugitive former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, a senior Kremlin official said on Thursday.

“Our president has … expressed hope many times that this will not affect the character of our relations,” Yuri Ushakov told reporters, adding there was no sign that U.S. President Barack Obama would cancel a planned visit to Moscow in September.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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