August 1st, 2013
12:59 PM ET
9 months ago

White House 'evaluating utility' of upcoming summit in Russia

(CNN) - The United States is reconsidering a planned meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next month in Moscow before a G-20 gathering in St. Petersburg, White House spokesman Jay Carney indicated Thursday.

"We are evaluating the utility of a summit," Carney said in discussing the possible U.S. response to Russia's decision to grant asylum to classified leaker Edward Snowden.


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  1. just sayin

    yes, issue that immediate slap on the wrist to putin! why, why we are going to cancel a meeting in retaliation! there take that!! the russians are rolling on the floor laughing at these clowns in the white house.

    August 1, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Now this is something we can do: a nice little snubbing. It's a way for us to save face. Russia may or may not howl (probably not; they have their own faces to save), but they'll understand the internal politics behind such a maneuver.

    Fun and games.

    August 1, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "yes, issue that immediate slap on the wrist to putin! why, why we are going to cancel a meeting in retaliation! there take that!! the russians are rolling on the floor laughing at these clowns in the white house."

    Alright, champ, what would YOU do instead? Let's hear it...your grand, oh-so-effective and substantive gameplan for accomplishing something meaningful in response to Russia granting Snowden asylum. Ready? Go.

    August 1, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Utilize your option to cancel that meeting Mr. President and do so.
    No explanations and no apologies.
    Putin is not s stupid man. He'll know what's up.

    August 1, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. ????

    I am afraid that Putin is a few chess moves ahead of Obama.

    August 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Just as long as it is not an Olympic boycott. Cutting off communication is not really a good thing, so I wouldn't cancel the meeting. A bigger snub would be to tell the Russians that we're sending someone lower down the ladder to meet with Putin.

    August 1, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Gunderson

    Me think Obama get it from both ends. Maybe Obama fold tent and go back Chicago. But ask Putin about Putin Care. And smashing sucess of The 5 year plan. Not work out so well for Obama, no?

    August 1, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. tom l

    I'm sure this has nothing to do with the "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility" line. Probably not the smartest thing to say to someone like Putin.

    August 1, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. "Body-Language tells it all"

    Obama vs Putin no karma between these two leaders...!

    August 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Sniffit

    "yes, issue that immediate slap on the wrist to putin! why, why we are going to cancel a meeting in retaliation! there take that!! the russians are rolling on the floor laughing at these clowns in the white house."

    Alright, champ, what would YOU do instead? Let's hear it...your grand, oh-so-effective and substantive gameplan for accomplishing something meaningful in response to Russia granting Snowden asylum. Ready? Go.
    -----------

    "Just" is SO missing the days of cowboy diplomacy epitomized by Duh Duh Duh-bya. By now, he'd have the planes and warships ready to go

    August 1, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. A Kickin' Donkey

    Putin's hands are all over this. There is no distance for him from this. This is not how a "firend" or ally or partner acts. America is stronger, wealthier & supeerior to Russia. We should give them nothing and we should accept a little discomfort to punish them.bSyrian strongman should be actively deposed and we should make it more likely that ANTI-Russian leadership is positioned to take over. America should uses it's treasury wealth to purchase territory to establish bases in the M.editeranian/ north Africa region AND Asia where we can monitor and militarily base and counter the Russians & the Chinese. The price for Putin should be a severe MISCALCULATION. New geography for American forces as a result of this game Putin has played would get the message across.

    August 1, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    A bigger snub would be to tell the Russians that we're sending someone lower down the ladder to meet with Putin
    -------------------------------------------------
    I like the way you think Rudy.

    August 1, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Donna

    But, but, but, I thought Obama had reset Russian relations and they were now our friends? I thought this was a great accomplishment of Obama and Hillary Clinton? You mean it was all just a bunch of lies like everything else?

    August 1, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |