(CNN) - President Barack Obama this week cancelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, following Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who has admitted leaking secrets about U.S. national security surveillance.
The administration's hopes for a "reset" relationship with Russia have proved complicated and in some cases discouraging.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama canceled a visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an administration official told CNN on Wednesday.
Before the announcement, Obama was on "The Tonight Show" and discussed U.S.-Russia relations, saying, "There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality. And what I consistently say to them and what I say to President Putin is, that's the past."FULL STORY
(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.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has canceled a visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an administration official told CNN on Wednesday.
The move follows Russia's decision to grant asylum to classified leaker Edward Snowden, who had been holed up for weeks in the international transit zone of Moscow's airport since fleeing the United States for Hong Kong and then Russia.FULL STORY
Updated 9:46 a.m. ET, 8/7/2013
(CNN) – President Barack Obama canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month, according to a White House official.
The decision came not long after Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer reiterated his call for the White House to reconsider the scheduled summit, following the country's decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
(CNN) – Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, plans to introduce a resolution in the Senate to oppose a new law in Russia that bans the public discussion of same-sex rights and relationships.
The nonbinding resolution calls for Russia to guarantee that athletes and spectators "will not experience anti-LGBT discrimination" when the country hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, according to Merkley's spokesperson, Jamal Raad.
(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.
Washington (CNN) – Russia's decision to grant asylum to classified leaker Edward Snowden is a blow to already challenged U.S. relations with Moscow, legislators from both parties agreed Thursday, but they differed on how President Barack Obama should respond.
While Republican critics of the Obama administration called for some form of diplomatic retaliation, Democrats said the U.S.-Russian relationship was too big and important to be seriously curtailed or damaged by the Snowden case.FULL STORY
Updated at 3:04 p.m. ET on 7/17
(CNN) - It was a suggestion made quickly to a reporter in a Capitol hallway.
But now that Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the record as suggesting a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the South Carolina Republican says it could be a consideration if Vladimir Putin allows NSA leaker Edward Snowden to remain in his country and continues supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad.