Obama to see Putin at G20 summit in St Petersburg but meeting unclear

WASHINGTON Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:39pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will see Russian President Vladimir Putin next week at the G20 summit in St Petersburg, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday, but whether they will hold an individual meeting was unclear.

Obama and Putin have been at odds over Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The move allowed Snowden to avoid facing U.S. espionage charges for revealing details of U.S. surveillance programs.

In protest at this step and other differences, Obama recently canceled Moscow talks that had been planned with Putin ahead of the G20 summit.

Carney told reporters that Obama would inevitably see Putin along with the other G20 leaders since the summit is being held in Russia. But Carney did not directly answer when asked whether Obama and Putin would have a separate meeting of their own.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (3)
Nietzschele wrote:
Lets get the show back on the road. Watch how nice the 2 get along this time around. if Obama’s aids learned their lesson and will keep the President low-key (instead of provocative announcements – like the one with Carlie Ross prior to Ireland summit) much “progress” on Iran and Syria will be made.. ;-)

lalalalala…

ps
Putin however will want to know what our President meant when he announced to the world that Putin looks like ‘the bored kid in the back of a classroom’ ;-)

Aug 26, 2013 5:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:
What would Putin & Obama have to talk about? Putin has Obama on the run; why would he spoil that with “meaningful dialogue?”

Does Obama expect anything from “… the bored kid in the back of the classroom?”

If Obama falls on his sword over Syria; he may as well stay home.

Aug 26, 2013 5:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nietzschele wrote:
@Skydrifter

True, but lets not undermine the American advantage. If Putin acts funny to Obama this time around on his turf, American sentiment will turn on him and support for Syrian intervention will grow. Putin’s tough-guy-stance is only good for so long. If he can’t produce results he will become irrelevant, and he sure is scared of that. Don’t think that the fire of resentment among Russians against Putin has been extinguished. He is impeachable, and he knows that well. That’s the sole reason he’s holding on to Snowden – for moral support…

Aug 26, 2013 6:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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