Obama Shuns Putin Over Asylum in Russia Granted to Snowden
Susanne Psel (OC),- President Obama is expected to cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the announcement that National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden was granted asylum in Russia.
Obama and Putin were going to speak ahead of the G-20 summit.Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration, said :
“Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September.”
Carney blamed a “lack of progress” within the last year between the US and Russia on numerous issues regarding missile defense, arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues and human rights and civil society.
Carney mentioned that the choice to give Snowden asylum by Russia was a “disappointing decision”. He went on to say:
“We have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda.”
Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense, is scheduled to meet with his counterpart for Russia in Washington, DC to discuss how to continue relations between the two nations.
John Kerry, Secretary of State, will speak with Russian representatives “discuss how we can best make progress moving forward on the full range of issues in our bilateral relationship.” Carney stated:
“Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States. Sweden plays a key leadership role on the international stage, including in opening new trade and investment opportunities through the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, advancing clean technologies, and promoting environmental sustainability.”
Yuri Ushakov, foreign adviser to the Kremlin, told the press that the US has shown an “inability to develop relations with Moscow” and that “this decision is clearly linked to the situation with former agent of U.S. special services (Edward) Snowden, which hasn’t been created by us.”
Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to the Obama administration, said that Russia’s granting of asylum to Snowden “exacerbated an already troubled relationship.” Rhodes explained:
“We’ll still work with Russia on issues where we can find common ground, but it was the unanimous view of the president and his national security team that a summit did not make sense in the current environment.”
Obama voiced frustration on mainstream television, saying that Snowden was “reflective of some underlying challenges that we’ve had with Russia lately.” Obama said:
“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 and we’ve got to think about the future, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to cooperate more effectively than we do.”
The New START Treaty (NST), Afghanistan and North Korea are among some of the other relational aspects that are at odds between the two nations, according to Carney.
The NST outlines the necessity for a “new strategic relationship based on mutual trust, openness, predictability, and cooperation” with regard to “global challenges and threats require new approaches to interaction across the whole range of their strategic relations.”
Susanne Posel via Occupy Corporatism