Kremlin 'disappointed' by Obama's cancellation of Moscow visit
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia is "disappointed" by US President Barack Obama's decision to cancel a planned visit to Moscow in early September for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
"We are disappointed," Mr Putin's top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters, adding it was clear to Moscow that the decision was linked to the fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden who was granted 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," he said.
Mr Ushakov said the situation showed that the United States was still not ready for relations "on an equal basis" with Russia but said the invitation for Mr Obama to visit still stood.