Lavrov doesn't confirm information about Snowden's request for political asylum in Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has not heard anything about a request made by U.S. citizen Edward Snowden for political asylum in Russia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has not heard anything about a request made by U.S. citizen Edward Snowden for political asylum in Russia.

"I have not heard of any formal request from Mr Snowden," Lavrov told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Responding to a question as to what Russia thinks about Snowden's request, Lavrov said: "We are not going to guess because there is no request."

"If we get it [a request for political asylum, we will consider it," the minister said.

According to earlier reports, Kommersant reported on Tuesday that the Russian authorities will consider a request for political asylum from former CIA official Snowden if he makes such a request.

"If such a request is made, it will be considered," Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said.

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