Vladimir Putin Jests About Granting Asylum to Ex-FBI Head Comey

Vladimir Putin Jests About Granting Asylum to Ex-FBI Head Comey

Vladimir Putin Jests About Granting Asylum to Ex-FBI Head Comey

"This is odd. How then is the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation any different from Snowden?"

Putin compared Comey's decision to leak details of conversations with Trump to the actions of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who was granted asylum by Russian Federation.

Putin added that since Comey's acts are more like an activist than an intelligence chief, if the latter feels pressured in the U.S. or if he is prosecuted, Russian Federation would be happy to grant him political asylum.

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The Russian President was very sarcastic when he answered the question about the hypothetic Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

The president questioned if it was any different around the world.

The Russian President said this while describing the sanctions' influence on Russia's economy, adding that Russia was now looking for new markets to export its mean, eyeing China in particular. "Turn a globe and point your finger anywhere, you will find American interests and interference there". I know this from talks actually with all the heads of state. "They just do not want to quarrel with the United States side, no one directly talks of this", Putin added.

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