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    Putin defends decision on asylum

    U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden accepts Russia's condition

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday firmly defended his decision to grant asylum to U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and urged the United States to take the move in its stride. “We can’t behave like other countries. Russia has an independent foreign policy and we’re going to keep it that way,” Mr. Putin said in his first comment on Mr. Snowden’s asylum request.

    He called on the U.S. to get the Snowden case behind it and keep bilateral ties on track. “I hope our [U.S.] partners will appreciate this [the Russian stand] and react calmly [and] with understanding. Inter-State relations, in my view, are far more important than squabbles about the activities of secret services.” There are fears that Russian asylum for the former U.S. intelligence analyst could jeopardise U.S. President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Moscow in September.

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