Obama Admin Not Expecting 'Long-Term Problems' With Russia Over Snowden Asylum

Press secretary Jay Carney discusses alleged NSA leaker's decision to seek asylum in Russia.
1:45 | 07/16/13

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Astronauts and in Panama does the president and leave the Russian government's claim that president who. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We have had discussions with the Russian government. -- -- belief that he ought to be expelled on. Well. President who -- president of the country and we believe that the government obviously has a role to play here as we made clear when we express our disappointment in the the government's. Role in allowing floor. The press conference if you will with -- it's human rights organizations. If only to make clear that the Russian government has an opportunity here to. Work with us through the normal channels to expel. Mr. Snowden. Because it is in our. View as well as a view expressed by Russian leaders including president -- that this should not be something that. Causes. Long term problems for US Russian relations. Those relations are very important -- -- it had they see the country's engaging on a number of important issues both economic and security. Related issues and we want to continue that relationship unimpeded by. This issue and we believe there's a way to move forward here that allows for mr. Snowden to. Return to the United States and the afforded all of the rights and protections. That he is a citizen of this country. And a defendant in court enjoys. And four. Russia to resolve this situation that they. Have been dealing with now for three weeks.

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