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Obama cancels plans to meet Putin in Moscow

Putin and Obama in conversation at a G20 summit in June 2012. Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama has cancelled plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month.

The move follows Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and reflects the US's frustration with Russia on issues such as missile defence and human rights.

The White House says Obama still plans to attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but has no plans to meet with Putin there one-on-one.

Obama will add a stop in Sweden to his early September travel itinerary.