Despite Snowden debacle, US-Russian meeting Friday to go ahead
August 6th, 2013
07:07 PM ET

Despite Snowden debacle, US-Russian meeting Friday to go ahead

By Jill Dougherty

Putting to rest doubts that it might be cancelled, the State Department announced Tuesday that senior United States and Russian officials will hold a meeting on Friday in Washington to discuss issues leading up to September’s G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with their Russian counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigu, at the State Department.

Washington’s anger over Russia’s granting temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, as well as disagreements between the two countries on other issues, including Syria, led the White House to question whether the meeting was worth holding.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the officials will discuss the New Start nuclear treaty, Afghanistan, Iran’s nuclear program and efforts to end the conflict in Syria.

The White House is also reviewing whether President Barack Obama will still hold a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That meeting would be held around the G-20 in Moscow.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. T

    ........Comrade Snowden....................Da..................

    August 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  2. California

    Obama is STILL being schooled by the world.

    August 8, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
  3. steve

    snowden revealed what we all suspected--our gov't is not who they say they are

    August 8, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
  4. James

    Bring Snowden home in chains and put him in the basement.

    August 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Good grief James, is that the best you can do? Aren't you kind of ashamed of your ignorance about Edward Snowden? This man did all of us a great service and you want him in chains! Who programmed you into that trend of thought? The Tea Partiers, I presume.

      August 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @GeorgePatton,your namesake would of tracked Snowden down put his pearl handled 45 colt to Snowdens head and shot him dead as a traitor..Now how's that phunnie boy,go home to your sand dunes!!

        August 8, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  5. boyd

    I also like boys

    August 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  6. boyd

    die snowden

    August 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  7. lakota84

    Snowden isn't the issue, per se. Instead the issue is Russia's actions. As we learned decades ago, we cannot simply shrug off Russia's decision and decided to "move on". If we do that, Russia will decide that we will accept just about anything they do. There should be a visible response by the US to deny, or withhold something that Russia wants, even if it is only largely symbolic.

    August 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  8. Jack Hollis

    This is a smart move. The right-wingers in Washington need to quit making an issue out of the Snowden case and drop all charges against him. After all, Edward Snowden did nothing wrong!

    August 7, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply
  9. Pete

    As time goes by Snowden will become more and more irrelevant...Russia won't stand for Snowdens antics and Putin if upset may send him to Siberia to chill for awhile to get that new Russia feeling he never got here!!Welcome to Mother Russia Snowden now get lost!!

    August 7, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • Xenomorph

      Bin Snowden in snowy Siberia. It sounds like a match made in heaven.

      August 7, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
      • George patton

        What an ignorant comment this is! Good grief Xenomorph, you must be another vacant headed Tea Partier or at least you sound like one!!!

        August 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
      • Pete

        @George Patton,hey phunnie boy read up on who tea baggers are and I'm a democrate that don't take liking trolls as you too much..Much like the troll in California I had a talk with on another site,you guys run in pairs don't yah!!

        August 8, 2013 at 10:54 am |
      • California

        Pete, you are obviously the troll.

        Please learn how to spell little boy.

        August 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
      • Pete

        @California,I don't have any spelling,grammar problems troll..Go back and read the question I sent yah the other day and try if you can to answer it if you're smart enough..You're the little boy here and you've proved it many times troll!!

        August 9, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  10. Thomas Nichols

    This is a good sign that people are wising up to the fact Snowy is really a nobody.

    August 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • pointblank07

      Snowden is a "somebody" as events sorrounding his leaks confirms. He has told us his reasons so please don't judge him by hiding behing a computer and posting thrash.....Let's watch and see how this plays out!

      August 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  11. Joxer

    I hope Obummer does not embaress the U.S.A.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Joxer,Pres.Obama is getting back our respect we lost under that moron Bush remember the shoe incident,just one of many for our expresidencial clown!!

      August 7, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
  12. omeany

    Bet that'll be a fun meeting!

    August 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Xenomorph

      LOL

      The two presidents try to squeeze each others hand tighter than the other guys until it turns in to a arm wrestling contest.

      August 7, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply

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