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U.S. President Barack Obama canceled a scheduled meeting with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin at the beginning of September, Associated Press reports.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said that the Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Snowden and the lack of progress on the agenda were the causes of Obama's decision to cancel the meeting with Putin in Moscow.
"We continue working with Russia on issues where we have common ground, but the President and his national security team unanimously decided that the summit does not make sense in the current climate," Rhodes said.
According to him, issue of Snowden worsened pre-existing difficulties in the relations, and there is no evidence to suggest that progress can be made in Moscow on the agenda of the meeting. In this situation, Obama has decided to cancel the bilateral meeting, Rhodes said.
However, the White House spokesman Jay Carney reiterated Obama's participation in the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
“The President still hopes to go to St. Petersburg on September 5-6 to visit the G20 summit,” he said.