He thanked the Russian people and President Vladimir Putin for taking his son in. "I consider Edward to be absolutely safe in Russia. He is comfortable here," he said.
Lon Snowden has received a visa for multiple entries into the country. "I hope to return to Russia many times," he said.
Father Lon carefully separated his own interests from Edward Snowden's, speaking of getting on with his own life in the United States, while his son moves on with his in Russia.
But he in no way distanced himself from the younger Snowden.
He told reporters: "I am his father. I love my son."