Obama weighs canceling Moscow talks with Putin

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By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering canceling a fall summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a move that would further aggravate the already tense relationship between the two leaders.

The White House is dangling that option over the Russians as Moscow considers a temporary asylum petition from Edward Snowden. The American is accused of leaking information about classified U.S. intelligence programs.

However, officials have privately signaled that scrapping the bilateral talks would also be retaliation for other areas of disagreement with Russia, including its continued support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's attacks against civilians.

Obama still plans to attend an international summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September.

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