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President Obama cancels visit to Moscow

August 07, 2013, 17:10 UTC+3

National Security Council is set to issue an official statement on the matter later on Wednesday

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MOSCOW, August 7. /ITAR-TASS/. U.S. President Barak Obama refused to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin next month, according to AP news agency reports. The White House will soon release an official statement concerning Obama's visit to Moscow, as the press service of the National Security Council told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The press service said that currently they have no information, still promised to issue a statement later today. However, the spokesperson didn't comment whether the visit cancellation was somehow connected with the situation around ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden.

U.S. Deputy National Security Affairs Ben Rhodes said the decision to give temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden had further complicated the already complex relations between the two countries.

At the same time, he noted that the United States continued to work with Russia on issues on which the two countries have common views. However Obama and his team think that the summit is not possible in this situation.

The United States is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the White House said on August 1. 

“We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and private that Mr. Snowden be expelled and returned to the United States," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Later, on August 6,  Barack Obama said in an interview with NBC that he was disappointed with Russia’s granting temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

However, Obama has confirmed his participation in the Group of Twenty summit in Russia’s St. Petersburg during the interview with NBC.

Currently, no further comments are available on the matter.

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