The State of US-Russia Relations

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to the G8 Summit dinner following their bilateral meeting in Ireland on 17 June 2013. (Pete Souza/Wikipedia Commons)

This morning, President Obama canceled his Moscow one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid U.S. anger over Russia's asylum of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. David J. Kramer, president of the human-rights organization Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S.-Russia relations in light, post-Snowden, and the ongoing tension over the treatment of gays in that country.

President Obama's Statement on Russia Trip Cancellation

Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September. We value the achievements made with Russia in the President’s first term, including the New START Treaty, and cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea. However, given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda. Russia’s disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship. Our cooperation on these issues remains a priority for the United States, so on Friday, August 9, Secretaries Hagel and Kerry will meet with their Russian counterparts in a 2+2 format in Washington to discuss how we can best make progress moving forward on the full range of issues in our bilateral relationship.

The President still looks forward to traveling to St. Petersburg on September 5-6 to attend the G-20 Summit.


David Kramer

Comments [12]

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights
"KGB Putin plays chess while Community Organizer Obama plays basketball"

LOL, bingo!

Aug. 07 2013 11:09 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

What would KGB Putin do to a Russian who stole and released KGB controlled Russia's classified communications?

Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

Where is the ICC on this?

Aug. 07 2013 10:58 AM

Describing "Freedom House" as an "human rights" organization, Jamie Floyd did, is outright fraud -- and hilarious, when you consider Freedom House's views on Edward Snowden (how about *his* human rights?).

Why not explain to listeners where the the organization's funding comes from? That, in fact, it's largely funded by the U.S. government, and takes the view of the U.S. government?

Aug. 07 2013 10:49 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

KGB Putin plays chess while Community Organizer Obama plays basketball, golf, Angry Birds.

Aug. 07 2013 10:49 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL .. thanks for the audio.. even Chuckie Schumer has more clarity on Putin than Valerie Jarrett, er, I mean Obama.

Aug. 07 2013 10:41 AM

What's the point of this segment? Seriously.

Aug. 07 2013 10:40 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Putin has, indeed, been rubbing Barry's face in the mud for the LAST FIVE YEARS!!!! The Obama media has downplayed it.

Thank heavens, Obama won't go now and won't be able to give away any more one-way concessions to his BFF Vlad.

Aug. 07 2013 10:37 AM


Aug. 07 2013 10:35 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Hurrah.... the Amateur in the White House finally convinces Valerie Jarrett to allow him to act tough. ..... LOL, a week too late to look “decisive.”

“It’s time for Obama to defy Putin”
By Nicholas Wapshott - REUTERS

“Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to grant asylum to the NSA leaker Edward Snowden leaves President Obama looking weak. Putin meant it that way. His political base likes him thumbing his nose at the American president and he took a gamble that Obama would not retaliate over a freelance spy.”


Aug. 07 2013 10:17 AM

Did Freedom House publicly urge Russia to grant asylum to Snowden? If Freedom House supports Russia's decision to give Snowden asylum, it would be very hypocritical of them to now criticize Russia for their treatment of gays.

Aug. 07 2013 10:04 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“Putin isn’t just humiliating Washington – he’s testing it”

(Aurel Braun - Special to The Canadian Globe and Mail)

Vladimir's got game against the boy wonder.

Aug. 07 2013 10:03 AM
Robin from Brooklyn

Here is one way an American composer is responding to the recent developments in Russia...

A Petition to get the Metropolitan opera to dedicate it's opening gala in support of LGBT right.

Aug. 07 2013 09:44 AM

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