Fri Aug 2, 2013 AT 9:36 AM EDT
Eschewing pleas and warnings from President Obama and other senior American officials, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum and allowed him to walk free out of a Moscow airport transit zone on Thursday, where he had been marooned in legal limbo for more than five weeks, reports the New York Times. The White House is “extremely disappointed” with the Kremlin, according to The Hill. Jay Carney said the administration was “evaluating the utility” of a scheduled bilateral summit in Moscow next month, a further indication the U.S. may pull the plug on the one-on-one talks between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sen. John McCain declared, “Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia,” reports the Wall Street Journal.