(CNN) Speaking to reporters in Finland on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains in the transit zone at the international airport in Moscow.

“He is a transit passenger in the transit zone and is still there now,” Putin said. “Mr. Snowden is a free man. The sooner he selects his final destination point, the better both for us and for himself.”

Putin said Snowden’s arrival in Russia was “completely unexpected.”

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