Obama Might Give Putin Cold Shoulder in Russia
White House hints he'll skip meeting in Moscow
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
In this June 17, 2013, photo, President Obama meets with Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – President Obama is still going to Russia this fall to attend a G20 summit, but the White House is now suggesting that he'll back out of a face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow. All the coverage says it's Obama's way of making clear he's not happy about US-Russia relations at the moment, mostly because of Edward Snowden, but also over things like the sentencing of a top Putin critic to 5 years in prison, and Moscow's support of Syria, reports New York. This is Obama's way of trying to gain some leverage, according to the common refrain in stories:

  • "Canceling the meeting in Moscow would be seen as a direct slap at Mr. Putin, who is known to value such high-level visits as a validation of Russian prestige," says the New York Times.
  • "Canceling the summit, announced in June, would deal a blow to Obama administration efforts to smooth relations with Russia and would be a direct challenge to Putin’s prestige," says Bloomberg, noting that Putin is the current G20 president.
  • "By simply considering cancellation of the trip, the Obama administration is indicating its concern the Kremlin will allow Snowden to take refuge in Russia," says AP.

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KDickley
Jul 21, 2013 1:23 AM CDT
Yeah, and if they meet, Putin might stand up and knock sissy Obummer on his ass, if he doesn't give him the submissive look.
NorCalHal
Jul 20, 2013 1:46 PM CDT
I REALLY wonder what Putin thinks when he looks at our amazing president? How does he keep from laughing?
TheVEG
Jul 19, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
I wonder who's gonna get use of the gym this time?