New York Senator Chuck Schumer appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning and speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin was allowing the transport of NSA leaker Edward Snowden through Moscow, despite and in spite of the United States’ warrant for his arrest.
“What’s infuriating here is Prime Minister Putin of Russia aiding and abetting Snowden’s escape,” Schumer told Candy Crowley. “The minute Aeroflot got the notification he would be coming, I believe that Putin, it’s almost certain he knew, and it’s likely he approved it.”
Crowley asked if Schumer believed the U.S. was attempted to get Russia to arrest Snowden when he landed.
“It’s very, very likely that we are asking Russia to hold him,” Schumer said. “Whether Russia does that or not, I don’t know. The fact they were allowing him to land indicates we’re not in a phase of cooperation.”
“The bottom line is very simple,” Schumer continued. “Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways, and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States, whether it is Syria, Iran, and now, of course, with Snowden. That’s not how allies should treat one another, and I think it will have serious consequences for the United States-Russia relationship…I don’t think we can shrug our shoulders and say this is how Putin is.”
Watch the exchange here, via CNN:
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