Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he saw signs that Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor turned fugitive leaker, was shifting toward stopping "political activity" directed against the United States.
Putin, who has previously refused to hand Snowden over to U.S. authorities, also said Snowden's situation remained unresolved after Washington had blocked further movements for him.
Asked on an island in the Gulf of Finland about Snowden's future, Putin said: "How do I know? It's his life, his fate."
"He came to our territory without invitation, we did not invite him. And we weren't his final destination. He was flying in transit to other states. But the moment he was in the air ... our American partners, in fact, blocked his further flight.
"They have spooked all the other countries, nobody wants to take him and in that way, in fact, they have themselves blocked him on our territory," Putin said.