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Obama cancels talks with Putin

Published On: Aug 07 2013 08:11:50 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2013 08:36:16 AM CDT
Obama and Putin at G8

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


President Barack Obama has canceled a visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an administration official told CNN on Wednesday.

The move follows Russia's decision to grant asylum to classified leaker Edward Snowden, who had been holed up for weeks in the international transit zone of Moscow's airport since fleeing the United States for Hong Kong and then Russia.

Obama confirmed Tuesday night that he still plans to attend a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in early September, despite calls from some lawmakers for the U.S. to boycott the gathering.

However, the White House also said it was reconsidering the "utility" of separate talks with Putin in Moscow to take place before the G-20 gathering.