MOSCOW — As of Saturday, Edward Snowden had not yet formally applied for political asylum in Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"We are not in contact with Edward Snowden," Lavrov said in televised remarks during a visit to Kyrgyzstan. "Russian legislation provides for a certain procedure, the first step in which is an official application to the Federal Migration Service."
On Friday, Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who revealed Washington's secret efforts to track international communications, summoned Russian human rights activists and lawyers to Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow for assistance in gaining asylum in Russia. Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have indicated that they would consider a request.