Obama cancels visit to Moscow for a September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Edward Snowden's asylum was a major reason, but it's only one of many.
President Obama’s cancellation of a planned Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September reflects more than just White House ire over Russian asylum for fugitive leaker Edward Snowden.
The decision also comes amid growing US consensus that the lack of common ground between the two powers on major international issues – from Syria to missile defense and human rights – meant a full-day US-Russia summit was no longer warranted.
Despite the summit cancellation, some US-Russia experts say they still expect to see Mr. Obama sitting down with Mr. Putin on the margins of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5-6 – if only to salvage the fledgling counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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