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Obama cancels meeting with Russia’s Putin over Snowden decision

Posted By admin On August 7, 2013 @ 11:56 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

Susan Heavey and Mark Felsenthal
Reuters [1]
August 7, 2013

President Barack Obama on Wednesday abruptly canceled a Moscow summit with President Vladimir Putin planned for next month in a retaliation for Russia’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The cancellation marks a stark low point in U.S.-Russian relations in the years since Obama embarked on a “reset” in ties to try to gain more diplomatic cooperation, only to find that deep differences remain.

“Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia summit in early September,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

The Russian government expressed disappointment at the decision, which means Obama will skip Moscow talks with Putin but still attend a G20 summit in St. Petersburg September 5-6. Obama will stop in Sweden on September 4 to replace the Moscow visit.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-usa-security-obama-putin-idUSBRE9760O520130807

[2] Putin: Snowden still in Moscow airport, won’t be extradited, free to go anywhere: http://www.prisonplanet.com/edward-snowden-never-crossed-border-into-russia-says-foreign-minister.html

[3] US-Russia Relations Bigger Than Snowden Affair Says Putin: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-russia-relations-bigger-than-snowden-affair-says-putin.html

[4] Obama speaks direct to Putin about Edward Snowden as whistleblower seeks temporary asylum in Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-speaks-direct-to-putin-about-edward-snowden-as-whistleblower-seeks-temporary-asylum-in-russia.html

[5] Obama Says No ‘Icy’ Relations with ‘Tough Guy’ Putin: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-says-no-icy-relations-with-tough-guy-putin.html

[6] Putin says Snowden should stop harming “our American partners”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/putin-says-snowden-should-stop-harming-our-american-partners.html

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