White House: Obama to call Putin over Snowden

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are set to discuss Edward Snowden
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are set to discuss Edward Snowden Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA

US President Barack Obama will speak to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin later today about Edward Snowden's bid for asylum in Russia, the White House has announced.

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Snowden Russia asylum bid

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia oafter three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States on espionage charges.