Russia has claimed it had no involvement in the travel plans of US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The whereabouts of Mr Snowden, who flew to Moscow from Hong Kong on Sunday, are unclear, reports the BBC.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticised the US, saying it is blaming Russia for his disappearance – a claim which he says is “groundless and unacceptable”.
He also said that Snowden had not crossed the Russian border.
Mr Lavrov’s comments are thought to suggest that Mr Snowden remained air-side after landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, and so has technically never entered Russian territory.
“We are in no way involved with either Mr Snowden, his relations with US justice, nor to his movements around the world,” Mr Lavrov said. “He chose his itinerary on his own. We learnt about it… from the media. He has not crossed the Russian border.
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