Sens. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerCongress can send a powerful message by passing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act OPINION | Dems' ‘new’ agenda? A recycled copy of Trump’s playbook Trump: Why aren't 'beleaguered AG,' investigators looking at Hillary Clinton? MORE (D-N.Y.) and John McCainJohn McCainMcCain votes to advance ObamaCare repeal, replace after vowing to oppose Overnight Defense: House passes Russia sanctions deal | McCain returns to Senate | Watchdog opens criminal probe into M camo mistake Tough road ahead for McConnell on ObamaCare MORE (R-Ariz.) both urged a strong response to Russia's refusal to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

"They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They're always putting their finger in our eye," said Schumer on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing for repercussions against Russia.

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Snowden has admitted to disclosing classified information detailing the NSA’s secret surveillance programs. He fled the U.S. to Hong Kong and then Moscow, to avoid prosecution.

Snowden, believed to be in the transit area of Moscow airport, is facing espionage charges in the U.S., but Russian President Vladimir Putin last week said that he was a “free man” and refused to honor an extradition request.

Schumer added that the U.S. should also consider imposing sanctions on Ecuador as well to dissuade the nation from providing asylum to Snowden.


Snowden has sought asylum from the South American country and Ecuador’s president said Saturday that Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders keeping door open on 2020 Biden deflects questions about 2020 run at OZY Fest The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE had called him personally to ask him not to provide refuge to the admitted leaker.

McCain said the U.S. should “deal realistically, not a return of the Cold War, but realistically with Vladimir Putin.”

The Arizona senator called Putin's refusal to expel Snowden "a direct slap in the face to America."