August 8th, 2013
03:13 PM ET

No Current Plans for a One-On-One Between Obama & Putin

There will be no "see you in September summit" in Moscow between President's Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

The White House does say President Obama will attend the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, and both men will be in the same room there, but so far, there are no plans for a one-on-one.

"Our relationship with Russia has been a roller coaster at times," the State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki tells CNN's Jake Tapper.

The biggest reason for the snub? Moscow's decision to give NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum in Russia.

But it's bigger than that. The White House has a number of other issues where the two countries are at odds, including Russia's new anti-gay "propaganda" law which President Obama has criticized.


CNN's Fareed Zakaria, host of "Fareed Zakaria GPS" adds his thoughts on the United States' role in the situation:

"I think what fueled this fundamentally is a genuine frustration with the Russians because it isn't just Snowden. Let's be honest Chris, if a Russian spy fell into our hands, I'm not sure sure we would quickly extradite this guy back to Moscow." [Watch Video Below]

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