An influential Russian lawmaker on Sunday advised fugitive leaker
It was a clear sign from the Kremlin that it has tired of the international standoff over Snowden, the 30-year-old former
"Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden," Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian parliament's international affairs committee, said on
In a separate tweet, Pushkov noted that Snowden "shouldn't live in Sheremetyevo," Moscow's main international airport where the fugitive has been stuck in a transit area for two weeks.
Snowden arrived to Moscow on a flight from Hong Kong on June 23. But his U.S. passport had been revoked after
On Saturday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told reporters in Caracas that his office had not yet been in contact with Russian authorities but expected to be in touch Monday.
For Snowden to leave for Caracas, diplomats at the Venezuelan Embassy in Moscow would have to provide him with travel papers before he could board flights headed for South America. There are no scheduled direct Moscow-to-Caracas flights and most connections are through the United States, Spain or other countries that would put Snowden at risk of arrest during a stopover. However, Aeroflot and Cuba's Avianca have direct flights from Moscow to Havana, from where he could easily travel on to Caracas.
Venezuela is one of three countries that have offered asylum to Snowden. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced at the same time as Maduro his country's willingness to take in the fugitive "if conditions allow," and Bolivian President
Pushkov's comments on Twitter and in an interview with Voice of Russia radio appeared to signal the Kremlin's desire for Snowden to move on. President
U.S. officials are believed to have informed the countries to which Snowden directed asylum appeals -- 27 in all, according to
Pushkov observed that Venezuela already has "a sharp conflict" with the United States and "it won't be worse" for defying the U.S. extradition request and providing a safe haven for Snowden.