Diplomatic Rebuke? Obama Cancels Talks with Putin

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President Barack Obama has canceled his upcoming summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a move that will likely deepen an already frosty relationship.

Obama said he will skip a planned face-to-face meeting with Putin at an economic summit of 20 nations in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September. It's the first time an American president has canceled a publicly announced visit in Russia since the end of the Cold War.

The president also rebuked Russia on national television for operating in a Cold War mode of operation.

"There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality. What I consistently say to them and to President Putin, that's the past," Obama said.

The White House maintains there has not been enough progress on a bilateral agenda to make the meeting worthwhile.

But there's also NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who Russia has temporarily welcomed into the country.

"Russia's disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor," the White House said in a statement.

"There's a law breaker or alleged law breaker in their country, we evaluate it and we try to work with them. They didn't do that with us," Obama said.

The cancellation puts an even greater distance between the two countries, which have differed over key issues in the last several years.

The U.S. accuses Russia of helping Syria's president fund a civil war, and the United States has also sanctioned the country for human rights violations.

Russia in turn banned all U.S. adoptions.

Still, the United States cannot completely sever ties. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with their Russian counterparts in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

The U.S. needs Russian transit routes to exit Afghanistan and at some level needs Russia's cooperation to oust the Syrian president.

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