Sen. Schumer suggests moving G20 summit from Russia over NSA leaker
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:35:54 GMT —
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is one of two senators who are urging President Barack Obama to consider a new location for the September international summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, if Moscow continues to allow NSA leaker Edward Snowden to remain in Russia.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said Friday that they have introduced a resolution encouraging Russia to turn Snowden over to the United States. Snowden, the American accused of leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs, has asked Russia for temporary asylum.
The Washington Post quotes the resolution as saying Obama â??should consider options, including recommending a different location for the September 2013 G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, should the Russian Federation continue to allow shelter for Mr. Snowden.â??
Earlier this week, Graham had suggested that the United States consider boycotting the Winter Olympics in Russia.
Snowden's presence in Russia has roiled already rocky U.S.-Russia relations. The White House is considering canceling a fall meeting between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.