TODAY | July 13, 2013
>>> edward snowden remained holed up in moscow's airport. friday, he showed his face for the first time in weeks. the u.s. wants russia to hand him over. it's leading to a tense stand off, reminiscent of the cold war . christy is live at the white house this morning. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning to you. president obama will monitor the snowden situation this weekend. he spoke by phone friday night with russian president vladimir putin . both leaders noted the importance of the relationship between the united states and russia . still, it is a test time. american fugitive edward snowden holed in a moscow airport for another day. relations between the united states and russia , which is fraught with tension dating back to the cold war .
>> snowden has fallen into the midst of a relationship that's been trying to get itself on footing again.
>> reporter: this, after snowden , the man behind the nsa leak surfaced friday from the first time from the airport defending his actions after meeting with human rights groups.
>> i did not seek to enrich myself or seek to sell u.s. secrets. i did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. i announce today my former acceptance of all offers of support for asylum.
>> reporter: it was met with stern words from the united states which means russia could jeopardize relations with the u.s. if they don't send snowden home.
>> providining platform for mr. snowden .
>> reporter: what putin does next is key with russia poised to host the g-20.
>> they are mindful about september between obama and putin. then one would anticipate it in the most expeditious way they could.
>> reporter: foreign policy experts say it could take russia several weeks to determine whether or not to grant snowden asylum.