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Well there is outrage growing as Russia continues to -- White House pressured to return Edwards snowed into the United States before he leaves Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary denying any knowledge of the NSA -- -- his movements.
-- -- Russian lawmaker asked why the US should expect restraint and understanding from Moscow.
All this is putting more strain on an already frosty relationship between the two countries frayed by disagreements over Syria Iran and nuclear arms.
Let's talk about it Marvin Kalb on and Edward.
A former NBC news correspondent where he served as the Moscow bureau chief.
And also former anchor of Meet the Press.
So what about it first of all it it sounded a little weird when -- Putin's office denied having any knowledge.
Of Edwards never -- whereabouts when we know he was at the Moscow airport but settled.
Quote -- -- that that's what what it's all about is is just silly.
Obviously they know and for the United States right now there are really.
Related it related issues one that's do specifically with -- and -- you get him back.
The Russians right now playing games -- -- they clearly have the ability to turn him over but they're not doing that.
They want to extract as much embarrassment.
For the Obama administration is possible.
On the other hand -- wherever nations deal with national security interests.
They try to go above the entrance of a particular individual.
The national security interest of the US right now this to be -- reasonably good terms with Russia seeking Russian cooperation.
-- in the war zone area of Syria.
And looking just several months ahead.
To the possibility.
Of having the US happy to do anything about the Iranian nuclear program.
These are big issues and the US is right now trying to balance.
One with the other and national security is almost inevitably.
Going to trump.
So are -- saying that we might not push as hard as some people might like us to push.
-- I think that is about what it turns out if the United States can push.
At a Russian door knowing that it's going to get the door open and get -- and threw it sure you go ahead and do that.
But I would imagine I don't know this for a fact but I would imagine that at the White House senate the State Department.
They have in mind larger interest than just strode.
And those interest really do.
On Russian cooperation with Syria.
Now they may not cooperate at all on Syria but the US has to operate as though that is a possibility.
President Obama -- as we know has famously tried to hit the reset button on relations with Moscow.
And has also been trying to build a relationship with China and yet those are the two countries we know of so far.
That Edwards Snowdon has fled to what does that say.
Well what that says is that typical of this -- -- infuriating.
Through the Obama administration.
The president of -- I understand has not publicly said anything about this but look.
The Chinese clearly head.
The ability to hold Snowden in Hong Kong and sent him back to the US they chose not to do that.
And this was after.
The president was -- only a couple of weeks ago with a new Chinese leaders so that does not look good on the Russian side the president knows already.
That his relations with -- -- strain that's obvious to anybody.
The Russians right now could be doing many worse things with respect to -- but they're not.
And so maybe there's the minimal satisfaction.
In the Russians simply allowing -- to stop.
It must go before he goes on to wherever he's gonna end up very quickly is this about embarrassing the president but the nation or both.
Boy if they do come together obviously but I think that food and probably as Obama -- -- Marvin -- and Tristan thank you mark.
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