Putin, Obama discuss Snowden in telephone conversation - Kremlin spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed bilateral cooperation, security, and the situation surrounding former CIA employee Edward Snowden in a telephone conversation early on Saturday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"A telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and the U.S. has taken place at the American side's initiative. Putin and Obama exchanged opinions on aspects of bilateral cooperation and matters related to security. They also discussed the situation surrounding Snowden," Peskov said.

Snowden met with Russian rights groups at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday and asked them to help him file an application for temporary asylum in Russia to stay in this country until he receives the necessary papers from one of the Latin American countries and can safely travel there.

"I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted," Snowden said in a Friday statement posted on the WikiLeaks website.

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