Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 9 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
General News    H3'ed 8/7/13

Kremlin "disappointed" Obama calls off Putin talks, decision "Snowden-related"

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
Message RT TV
Original published at RT

RIA Novosti/Alexey Filippov 

By calling off Obama's visit to Moscow, the US has shown it is not ready to build relations on an equal footing, the Kremlin says. The Snowden situation, on which the decision was based, is not Russia's fault, presidential aide Yury Ushakov stressed.

"We are disappointed by the US administration's decision to cancel the visit of President Obama to Moscow that was planned for the beginning of September. It is clear that the decision is related to the situation around the former intelligence agency employee Snowden -- something that was created not by us," Ushakov told reporters on Wednesday. 

According to Ushakov, the US has "for many years dodged entering into an extradition treaty" with Russia and "invariably refused" its extradition requests citing the absence of such a treaty. 

"All this situation shows that the US is still not ready to build relations with Russia on equal footing," Putin's aide added.

Despite that, Obama's invitation to visit Moscow remains in effect, and Russia is "ready to continue working with our American partners on all the key issues of the bilateral and multilateral agenda," Ushakov said. 

Earlier today US President Barack Obama canceled a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow which was scheduled for September. The move came after Russia's recent decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. 

The White House cited the lack of progress in "missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last 12 months" as the grounds for the move, adding that Russia's "disappointing decision" to grant Snowden asylum was also among the factors. 

Washington's decision showed that the US will readily "sacrifice their bilateral relations with Russia" for the issues of their "internal agenda," said Andrey Klimov, vice chairman of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee. 

"We shall not forget such a behavior, but it can by no means signal a start of another Cold War,"
 Klimov stressed, adding that there are "too many issues" that Russia and the US still need to be working on together. 

Rather than seeing it as "a tragedy," Klimov said he perceives the move as "an outcome of the situation of the domestic policy of the US." 

The situation between Russia and the US logically requires that the two countries' leaders meet at soon as possible, Foreign Affairs Committee chairman of the Russian Duma, Aleksey Pushkov told RIA Novosti, saying that Washington's decision is only hindering progress. 

"Now that so much negativity has built up [between Russia and the US], it would have been viable for the presidents of the two countries to meet and to see what of this negativity could be overcome, what could be left behind, and to set a new agenda," Pushkov said. However, he added that Obama's refusal to come to Moscow effectively delays such an opportunity. 

News 1   Funny 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

RT TV Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in is Russian television, which actually does a great job reporting on US news too.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Senators terrified with abuse of Patriot Act's secret laws

"US foreign policy is a marketing strategy for selling weapons" -- Jill Stein

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican Bank supervisory board

Google involved with Clinton campaign, controls information flow -- Assange

DOJ wants Bush, senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War trial

"World moving away from American financial hegemony"

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend