Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting with Russian President
President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.
It”s the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia”s decision to grant “NSA leaker” Edward Snowden temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.
Word of the decision not to meet with Putin was first reported by The Associated Press earlier Wednesday morning. The White House then confirmed the news in statements sent to NPR and other news outlets.
Obama is still set to attend the G20 summit of world leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 5 and 6 — which Putin will host. The meeting that”s being canceled was to have been between Obama and Putin in Moscow while the president is in Russia.
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