SUMMIT CALLED OFF
Obama Retaliates After Snowden Given Asylum
By Harold Hutchison
Barack Obama has cancelled a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s grant of asylum to self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden. This comes as Obama is stepping up criticism of Russia.
“We'll still work with Russia on issues where we can find common ground, but it was the unanimous view of the president and his national security team that a summit did not make sense in the current environment,” deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said.
The cancellation is likely to send relations with Russia into a deeper chill. At the start of his administration, Obama sought to “reset” relations with Russia, and was also caught on a hot mike promising more “flexibility” to Putin’s predecessor, Dmitry Medvedyev.