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Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin Due To Snowden Asylum Grant

• zerohedge.com
 Those rumors have just been put to rest, following an AP report that Obama has cancelled his meeting with the Russian president due to Russia's recent grant of asylum status to the 30 year old former operative.
 
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Barack Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month.

 The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights.

 Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there. Instead of visiting Putin in Moscow, the president will add a stop in Sweden to his early September travel itinerary.

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