President Obama Cancels Visit to Russia Amid NSA Leaker Tensions

Edward Snowden is currently in Russia. The country has granted him temporary asylum. (Image Credit:  MGN Online)

Edward Snowden is currently in Russia. The country has granted him temporary asylum. (Image Credit: MGN Online)

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.

Obama confirmed Tuesday night that he still plans to attend a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in early September, despite calls from some lawmakers for the U.S. to boycott the gathering.

However, the White House also said it was reconsidering the “utility” of separate talks with Putin in Moscow to take place before the G-20 gathering.

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