Obama Axes Putin Meeting
Over asylum granted to Edward Snowden, among other gripes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
In this June 17, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin get up to leave after their meeting in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The move is retribution for Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and reflects growing US frustration with Russia on several other issues, including missile defense and human rights.

The White House says Obama still plans to attend the G20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but has no plans to meet with Putin there one-on-one. The US intends to alert Russia of the president's decision today, though Obama and Putin are not expected to speak directly. (Obama did talk about Snowden to someone last night, though ... Jay Leno.)

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Aug 8, 2013 10:03 PM CDT
Obama cancels meeting.....afraid of getting bitch slapped by putin if he tries to run rough shot at the show. right now russia and the U s both offer their people equal amounts of limited freedom. So there is no national pride in being american like there used to be....
Aug 8, 2013 2:43 PM CDT
just bho being bho after all!
Aug 8, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
Russians seem to remember how the Jews destroyed their country, even though it’s taken them 100 years to recover. Americans are just starting to figure out that the Jews have the same thing planned for them. I don’t know ANYONE on the right or left who seriously thinks Snowden is a traitor except for the Jews, which makes sense since they are not really loyal to America, anyway. But of course, the media keeps pushing the Jewish line that Snowden is a traitor and in the process, exposing THEMSELVES as the real traitors. It’s almost funny, watching them shoot THEMSELVES in the foot. Payback ain’t gonna be pretty.