Snowden applies for political asylum in Russia
Putin essentially extended an invitation for Snowden to remain in Russia permanently if he stopped leaking US intelligence information.
"If he (Snowden) wants to remain here there is one condition - he should stop his work aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners no matter how strange this may sound coming from me," Putin said.
The Russian leader reiterated that Russian services were not working with the US fugitive.
"He is not our agent and does not cooperate with us," Putin said.
"Our secret services never worked with him and are not working with him now."
"He does not feel like he is an agent of the secret services, he considers himself to be a human rights campaigner, a new dissident, something like Sakharov," Putin said, referring to famous Soviet-era rights campaigner Andrei Sakharov.