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Russia disappointed with Obama cancellation of meeting with Putin

Iran Press TV

Wed Aug 7, 2013 4:27PM GMT

Russia says it is disappointed by US President Barack Obama's decision to cancel a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin, adding that the US is not ready to build relations on an equal basis.

Putin's top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov made the remarks on Wednesday after President Obama decided earlier in the day to cancel a scheduled bilateral summit with the Russian leader in September.

'This problem emphasizes that the United States, as before, is not ready to build relations on an equal basis,' Ushakov said.

In addition, Ushakov noted that the US move was related to the intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who was granted a one-year asylum in Russia last week.

'It is clear that the decision is linked to the situation over the employee of the American special services Snowden which was absolutely not created by us,' said Ushakov.

US revoked Snowden's passport after he arrived in Russia from Hong Kong on June 23. He remained in the transit zone of Moscow's international airport for more than one month before being granted asylum on August 1.

Snowden is wanted by the US, where he is facing charges of espionage and theft of government property.

In June, Snowden leaked two top secret US government spying programs, under which the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

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