Kremlin says decision on asylum for Snowden not up to Putin

CHITA, Russia Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:03am EDT

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the Russian Geographical Society's expedition on the Gogland Island in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin REUTERS/Ria Novosti

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the Russian Geographical Society's expedition on the Gogland Island in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea July 15, 2013.

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CHITA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin will not be the person deciding whether to grant fugitive American Edward Snowden temporary asylum in Russia, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

"If we are talking about temporary asylum, then this is an issue not for the president but for the Federal Migration Service," Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said after Snowden's application for temporary asylum after spending three weeks at a Moscow airport.

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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