Snowden Case Illustrates Decline In U.S.-Russia Relations : NPR

Some afterthoughts on the Snowden affair.. and how things have deteriorated with the return of Putin.. as widely expected…

President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland in June.
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/04/208796058/snowden-case-illustrates-decline-in-u-s-russia-relations

U.S.-Russia relations hit a new low this week, when Moscow ignored U.S. requests and gave temporary asylum to a man who leaked classified documents on U.S. government surveillance programs.

Many in Congress are complaining that the Edward Snowden case is just the latest example of how the Kremlin is thumbing its nose at the White House.

The Obama administration famously reset relations with Russia when Dmitry Medvedev was president. But now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is back in the Kremlin, it seems to be having a more difficult time.

Presidents Obama and Putin had what looked to be a very awkward meeting in Northern Ireland this year. While Obama tried to lighten the mood by talking about their waning sports skills as they age, Putin coldly remarked that the U.S. president was just trying to relax him.

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