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

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 6:04 PM ET
Alexei Nikolsky | AFP | Getty Images

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.

(Read more: Russian, Chinese leaders to hold talks in September)

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.

President cancels planned summit with Putin
NBC's Steve Handelsman reports on President Barack Obama's decision to cancel his trip to Moscow to visit with President Vladimir Putin. Providing perspective are Don Jensen of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transatlantic Relations, Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation; and Leon Aron, director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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

(Read more: Snowden reporter: Won't be silenced by detention)

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

—By Reuters

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