MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia criticized France, Spain and Portugal on Thursday for delaying the Bolivian president's flight home from Moscow this week over suspicions that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on board.
There is no evidence Snowden was on board and, after the initial refusals to let the plane enter the European Union member states' airspace, President Evo Morales was able to fly home on Wednesday after a forced stopover in Austria.
"The actions of the authorities of France, Spain and Portugal could hardly be considered friendly actions towards Bolivia ... Russia calls on the international community to comply strictly with international legal principles," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
(Reporting by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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