Obama to decide on Russia trip 'in coming days'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House said on Monday it would decide "in coming days" whether President Barack Obama will go ahead with a summit in Moscow in early September.
The United States has said it is reviewing whether Mr Obama will meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow after Russia last week gave asylum to Edward Snowden, who is wanted by Washington for leaking details of US surveillance programmes.
"While we have a wide range of interests with the Russians, we are continuing to evaluate the utility of a summit," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
"I think it's fair to say that you can expect we'll have a decision to announce in coming days," he said. Snowden, a former US government contractor, fled the United States for Hong Kong and later Russia after leaking details of widespread US government monitoring of citizens' communications.