Schumer: Russia 'stabbed us in the back' by giving 'coward' Snowden asylum

"Others who have practiced civil disobedience in the past have stood up and faced the charges because they strongly believed in what they were doing. Mr. Snowden is a coward who has chosen to run," Schumer said. 

Schumer also urged President Obama to request to move the G-20 summit from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Given Russia’s decision today, the President should recommend moving the G-20 summit," Schumer said. 

The White House shared similar criticism earlier in the day. 

"We see this as an unfortunate development, and we are extremely disappointed by it," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.