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White House: Obama to meet Putin at G20
August 27, 2013, 5:58 am

Obama recently canceled a September meet with Putin [AP]

Obama recently canceled a September meet with Putin [AP]

White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters during a Monday press briefing that US President Barack Obama will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in St Petersburg next week.

However, he provided no further details whether the two leaders would meet together privately on the sidelines of the summit.

On August 7, in protest over Moscow granting asylum to National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Obama cancelled a meeting between the two leaders previously scheduled ahead of the G20 Summit.

Carney told reporters that Obama would inevitably see Putin along with the other G20 leaders since the summit is being held in St Petersburg.

Russian-US relations have recently been tense as the two countries differ over how to address Iran’s nuclear programme and resolve the bloody Syrian civil war.

On August 25, Russia strongly warned the US not to repeat “past failures” when it considers its options in formulating policy in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds in towns near Damascus last week.

There have been reports that Washington may respond militarily to the alleged chemical weapons attack it blames on the Syrian government.

In a sign that the divide between the two powers may be expanding, the US on Tuesday put off a meeting both countries were scheduled to hold in The Hague later this week to discuss plans to convene a summit on Syria.

Source: Agencies