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John Kerry calls on Russia to transfer Snowden to US

25 June 2013 Last updated at 17:45 BST

US Secretary of State John Kerry has requested Russia transfer "fugitive of justice" Edward Snowden to the United States, a request he said was a "normal procedure".

Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has confirmed.

Mr Putin said the US whistleblower remained a free man, and the sooner he chose a destination the better.

Because Mr Snowden is in the pre-immigration area of the airport, he is technically not yet on Russian soil.

Mr Kerry said the US had transferred to Russia "seven people in the last two years...without any rancour".