07 de agosto de 2013, 15:25Moscow, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Russia expressed disappointment for the cancellation of the visit to Moscow by US President Barack Obama in the wake of the Kremlin’s granting of asylum status to ex analyst of the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden.
« We are disappointed with the US Administration’s decision to cancel Obama’s visit to Moscow, which was scheduled for early September, said Russian presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov.
According to Ushakov, the problem around the case of Snowden, also ex CIA agent, has not been created by Moscow.
It is clear that this stand is linked to the situation of the ex US secret services agent, which we have not created, Ushakov told journalists.
The cancellation of the visit, announced a few hours before by White House spokesman, Jay Carney, showed that the United States is not ready for equitable relations, said Ushakov.
Russia did not make any mistake in dealing with Snowden’s incident, and Obama was and is still invited to pay a visit to Russia, he added after highlighting Moscow’s stand that granting temporary asylum to Snowden on Aug.1st was a humanitarian act.
The Russian representatives are ready to continue working in the future with their US partners on all key issues of the bilateral and multilateral agenda, he said.
Washington admitted that Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to Snowden was a key factor in the cancellation of Obama’s visit. The US president was planning to meet with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow before the summit meeting of the G-20 to be held in St Petersburg, Russia, in September.