The Week in Headlines: Status—It’s Complicated
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Russia and the U.S. are fighting over a boy. His name is Edward Snowden. On this episode of Girls, the scorned lover will be played by President Obama.
Obama was scheduled to visit Moscow next month to meet with Russia’s President Putin. The meeting was largely symbolic and was supposed to take place ahead of the G20 economic summit. Then Edward Snowden happened. After letting the NSA leaker chill out in the airport for about a month, Russia granted him temporary asylum. Now the U.S. love tank is closed, and there will be no special visit.
What Just Happened?
The U.S. had been working hard to create a new relationship with Russia, despite Russia’s tendency to “think in a Cold War mentality.” Differing views on Syria and other issues have made the last year tough, but the hope was that they would tackle global problems—like missile defense and arms control, trade, and human rights issues—together. But now, following Russia’s decision to let Snowden stay, the White House announced the summit was off. Read: We’re on a break. Russia didn’t appreciate the snub.
This is a major low point in U.S. and Russian relations. Although Snowden and his leaks on U.S. surveillance program info made a dent in the relationship, a trial separation due to irreconcilable differences has been coming for a while.
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