The White House is expected to announce in the next few days whether President Barack Obama will attend a planned summit with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Moscow next month, RIA Novosti reported.
The fate of the planned bilateral meeting between the two presidents was thrown into jeopardy after NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a former contract employee, was granted a one-year asylum by the Russian government. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there also other areas of discord between the United States and Russia that are causing a reevaluation of the meeting, including the Russian stance on the conflict in Syria, according to the Russian wire service.
However, Moscow has yet to receive any official changes to the planned meeting, according to a press secretary for Putin.
The two presidents were expected to discuss reductions in nuclear weapons stockpiles and missile defense systems. On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with U.S. Assistant Secretary for Arms Control Rose Gottemoeller to discuss those issues, as well as other disarmament and nonproliferation topics, Itar-Tass reported.