President Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin Over Russia's Gay Problem, Snowden
The White House is sending a stern message to the Kremlin today after canceling a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's temporary asylum granted to Edward Snowden and snowballing tensions over human rights in the country.
In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision reflected 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.
Though this snippet makes no specific mention of the anti-gay hostility in Russia, Obama appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday night and discussed the matter in length.