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Putin, Obama to meet at G-20 despite Snowden flap

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President Barack Obama will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in some fashion during the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

Obama and Putin have been at odds over Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The move allowed Snowden to avoid facing espionage charges for revealing details of U.S. surveillance programs.

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In protest at this step and other differences, Obama recently canceled Moscow talks that had been planned with Putin ahead of the G-20 summit.

But Carney made clear the two leaders would confer in St. Petersburg, as Putin is hosting the summit.

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"He will certainly meet with Putin," Carney told reporters.

—By Reuters

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