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UPDATE: Kremlin disappointed over Obama canceling visit

UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 10:03 a.m.

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Kremlin is voicing disappointment that President Barack Obama has decided to cancel his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but says it remains ready to work with the United States on bilateral and international issues.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters Wednesday that the U.S. move reflected its inability to develop relations with Moscow on an "equal basis." At the same time, he said that the invitation to Obama to visit Moscow next month still stands.

Ushakov added that "Russian representatives are ready to continue working together with American partners on all key issues on the bilateral and multilateral agenda."

Obama's move reflects U.S. dismay over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, as well as disagreements on other key issues

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 9:10 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Barack Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month.

The move is in retribution for Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. But it also reflects growing U.S. frustration with Russia on an array of other issues, including missile defense and human rights.

The White House says Obama still attends to plan the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but has no plans to meet with Putin there one-on-one. Obama will also add a stop in Sweden to his early September travel itinerary.

The U.S. planned to alert Russia of the president's decision Wednesday, though Obama and Putin were not expected to speak directly. Obama is on a two-day trip to California.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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