Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow's relations with Washington outweighed the "squabbles" over a spying scandal revealed by US fugitive Edward Snowden, who has applied for asylum in Russia.

"Relations between states are much more important than squabbles surrounding the work of security services," Putin said.

Putin's remarks came after the White House voiced opposition to Snowden's request for a safe haven in Russia as he tries to evade US espionage charges.

The former National Security Agency contractor has been marooned at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since June 23 after leaking details of a massive US surveillance programme that has strained ties with Washington's allies.


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