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Obama Cancels Moscow Putin Summit After Snowden’s Asylum

President Barack Obama canceled next month’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow after Russia’s refusal to turn over fugitive Edward Snowden, exposing one of the biggest rifts between the two military powers since the end of the Cold War.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the cancellation was prompted by differences with the Russian government over missile defense, trade, human rights and approaches to Iran and Syria over the last year, as well as the standoff over Snowden.