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Putin 'Disappointed' By US Withdrawal from Talks with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to AP and Russia's First TV channel at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, September 3, 2013.Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to AP and Russia's First TV channel at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, September 3, 2013.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to AP and Russia's First TV channel at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, September 3, 2013.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to AP and Russia's First TV channel at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, September 3, 2013.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is disappointed by U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to cancel a bilateral meeting in Moscow this week after Russia granted temporary asylum to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
 
Putin made the remark Tuesday in an interview with the Associated Press and Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television, referring to a meeting both he and Obama had planned before heading to St. Petersburg for a G-20 summit later in the week.

The former KGB officer accused U.S. intelligence officials of shoddy work in handling the Snowden affair, saying the United States could have intercepted Snowden while he was in transit from Hong Kong to Russia in June, but instead pressured other countries not to accept him.
 
Putin also denied that Russia has anti-gay policies, adding Obama is welcome to meet with gays while in Russia for the G-20 summit. He said he may even meet with homosexual groups himself. And he said gay athletes who exhibit gay pride symbols at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, will not be punished.
 
And he criticized those who point to his and Obama's body language to say the two leaders have a difficult relationship. He said Obama is easy to talk to, noting that the American president makes his positions clear.

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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2013 5:58 PM
Not only has assad been proved to be lieing about using cluster bombs in Syria. He has been using them in residential neighborhoods. All of which have "Russia" markings on them. This is a complete disgrace to the world. Shame on Putin for holding bashar al assads hand. If Syria got any of its chemical arsenal from Russia this is a very serious offence if they have been using Russian chemicals in Syria. While assad again holds bashar al assads hand. It's time the criminals be seperated, it is time if assad has been up to no good the world unites in holding assad accountable.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 04, 2013 9:50 AM
Not good presidency, Mr. Putin. If you are standing up on your feet, do so, so that people see that you are not standing on false feet. What is essence of speaking with shut up mouth? How much does Russian policy depend on USA? I thought there was an iron-man in president Putin, not one who collapses easily like a pack of cards at the slightest pressure. So all that show is storm in a teacup; a shyster's bluff? Anyway, what did you think before accepting Snowden? Should it remain business as usual after you have slighted the country with that act? Putin's acts here do not say well of diplomacy, in the least.

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by: Anonymous
September 04, 2013 5:52 PM
He is one of the worst presidents for diplomacy, and does some often out of the ordirnary acts, as we have seen for the past 2.5 yrs from Syria. Now it is all catching up on him. He never seems to do what is right. It isn't always easy doing what is right. He should of been for the Syrian people in helping stop the brutal terror regime. Instead he sided with assad protecting him allowing many thousands of Syrians to die. He knows what he was doing was wrong and now has to admit it and come clean. He has to stop assad from his reign of terror and give back the country of Syria to the people before assad destroys every inch of it. This day and age you can not murder thousands of civilians and get away with it. What we have here is a proven case of murders by the thousands by bashar al assad and Putin has his hands in there too allowing it all it all to happen. Do what is right bashar al assad and side with the people of Syria. If you do not side with the west on Syria, the Syrian people will never welcome Russian government on their soil again. They have had enough.

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