According to him, Washington is aware of reports that Snowden received Russian citizenship, but "is not able to confirm this."

“The only thing I can add is that Mr. Snowden has long signaled his loyalty to Russia,” RIA Novosti quotes him.

Price added that Snowden's obtaining a Russian passport "only formalized it."

Earlier, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, representing the interests of Snowden, said that his client took the oath and received a Russian passport.