Senior administration official: Moscow summit was probably going to be canceled anyway
August 7th, 2013
10:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Senior administration official: Moscow summit was probably going to be canceled anyway

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow that the U.S. called off Wednesday was probably going to be canceled anyway, a senior administration official told CNN.

"We just hadn't gotten any traction" on issues that the summit would have addressed, including missile-defense and a reduction in nuclear missiles, the senior administration official said. Attempts to find common ground on economic and trade agreements also were problematic.

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  1. Data Driven

    Well, the Snowden dust-up has provided a convenient excuse to allow all concerned to not bother wasting their collective time - our time, too - with pointless talks.

    August 7, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Well, that is a communist nation anyway–does not matter.

    August 7, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. just sayin

    looks like obama has finally gotten enough of playing doormat for the russians. i'm sure putin was very prepared to rub his face in the dirt yet again. it is better that our weak president not embarrass himself and the country any further.

    August 7, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The real issue, is Putin doesn't like Obama very much. Perfectly understandable.

    August 7, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Hector Slagg

    Obama has enough dogging him now. Why muck it up even more with a weak conference with Putin. Putin is trying to re-invent the old soviet union. Come to think of it, so is Obama.

    August 7, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    The real issue, is Putin doesn't like Obama very much. Perfectly understandable.
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    He probably doesn't. Many rural Russians believe black people have tails, too. No, the real issue is that Putin dislikes American presidents. Bush snubbed Putin thoughout both of his terms in office. Bush was, diplomatically speaking, very hostile towards Putin. Putin is paying America back. And, no, I'm not blaming Bush. I'm just reciting the facts.

    August 7, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Gurgyl

    Well, that is a communist nation anyway–does not matter.
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    Someone tell Gurgyl that the flux capacitor has taken him out of the 80's and he's now in the year 2013. 1.21.GIGAWATTS!!!!

    August 7, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Hmmmm... isn't this the first time a summit between the U.S. and Russia been cancelled?

    August 7, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. tom l

    @Fair is Fair
    "Someone tell Gurgyl that the flux capacitor has taken him out of the 80's and he's now in the year 2013. 1.21.GIGAWATTS!!!!"

    You beat me to the punch. Hilarious.

    August 7, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Guest

    Seems oblabla has trouble finding common ground with anyone of intelligence, integrity and principle...I am not surprised.

    August 7, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. tom l

    @Rudy
    "He probably doesn't. Many rural Russians believe black people have tails, too. No, the real issue is that Putin dislikes American presidents. Bush snubbed Putin thoughout both of his terms in office. Bush was, diplomatically speaking, very hostile towards Putin. Putin is paying America back. And, no, I'm not blaming Bush. I'm just reciting the facts."

    Wow, dude. So Putin is doing this because he doesn't like black people. Yeah, that makes sense. And, once again, yes you did absolutely blame Bush (I get it, it's not you're fault, you've just been led that way by your master Obama). And here I kept being told that Obama was going to improve our relations with foreign countries. Do you really still believe that mumbo jumbo? Please look at the polls of world opinion of the United States. They are lower since Obama took office.

    From the world opinion dot org poll taken in May:

    Views of the US have shown some sharp declines among the citizens of its allies the UK (46%, down from 60%), France (52%, down from 62%), and Germany (35%, down from 44%), as well as in Egypt (24%, down from 37%). On a global scale, however, views have only slipped slightly (from 47% to 45% positive, with 34% now negative).

    August 7, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "The real issue, is Putin doesn't like Obama very much. Perfectly understandable."

    Indeed it is. Putin doesn't like him for the same reason most of the RWNJs in this country don't like him...and we know EXACTLY what that is.

    August 7, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |