US-Russia foreign, defence ministers to meet amid Snowden spat
WASHINGTON (AP) - The crisis in Syria, arms control and missile defence headline what are expected to be chilly talks between US and Russian foreign and defence ministers, a sit-down tainted by the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, which led President Barack Obama to cancel his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia's decision last week to grant temporary asylum to Snowden put a damper on US-Russia relations, which were already on a slide.
Then, on Wednesday, Mr Obama canceled his summit with Mr Putin, planned for early September in Moscow, because of what the White House called a lack of "significant progress" on a wide array of critical issues.
"Summits of leaders are, tend to be designed around making progress on significant issues," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.