Snowden will leave Moscow airport in a few days, lawyer says



Moscow (CNN) -- American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will likely leave the transit zone in a Moscow airport where he's been holed up for weeks "in the next few days," his lawyer said Wednesday in Russia.

Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia Tuesday, from the transit zone in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport where he remains.

He "will leave (the airport) in the next few days because some legal papers are still required to be formalized," Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said in Moscow.

"Therefore I think this issue will be resolved within a week and after this the question of granting him temporary asylum will be decided upon," Kucherena said.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Moscow that ties between the United States and Russia "are far more important" than any intelligence scandal.

Putin believes that Snowden "never intended to stay here, in Russia, forever."

Snowden arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on June 23.