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US-Russia back to cold war days?

world Updated: Aug 03, 2013 00:04 IST
Yashwant Raj

The US reacted with anger and disappointment on Thursday after Russia granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum, letting him leave his airport home of over a month.

White House press secretary Jay Carney expressed “extreme disappointment” over the development and indicated a possible summit meeting may be the first casualty as a result.

In an escalation of tensions reminiscent of cold war days, President Barack Obama may skip meeting President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in St Petersburg in September.

The US was “evaluating the utility” of that meeting, Carney said. Also in jeopardy was a 2+2 meeting of the defense and state department secretaries with their Russian counterparts.

Moscow’s decision to grant Snowden asylum is also being seen as a rebuff to Obama specially after he had personally called Putin to make the case for the US.

Adding to what is being seen here as a cold war-style low in relations between the two countries, were US lawmakers demanding strong retaliatory action.

Democrat Robert Menendez, chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, called the development a “setback to US-Russia relations”.