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US senators urge new G20 venue if Russia shelters Snowden

Published on Jul 20, 2013 6:25 AM
 
A tower of the Kremlin is seen behind a sign hanging on the Manezh Exhibition Center, venue for this week's meeting of G20 Finance Ministers, in Moscow on July 16, 2013. Two United States (US) senators introduced a resolution on Friday seeking a change of location for September's G20 summit in St. Petersburg if Moscow allows intelligence leaker Edward Snowden to remain in Russia. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - Two United States (US) senators introduced a resolution on Friday seeking a change of location for September's G20 summit in St. Petersburg if Moscow allows intelligence leaker Edward Snowden to remain in Russia.

The resolution by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chuck Schumer urges Russia to turn Snowden over to the US so he can face espionage charges.

It also calls on President Barack Obama to recommend a new host city for the summit of the G20 group of emerging and advanced nations if Moscow fails to act.

Snowden has been on the run since last month after divulging details of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs that scoop up vast amounts of telephone and Internet data from millions of Americans and foreigners.

 
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