By Jeremy Herb
The Kremlin said it was “disappointed” that President Obama has canceled a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for September.
Putin aide Yuri Ushakov said Wednesday that Obama still has a standing invitation to meet with Putin, according to the Russian Interfax News Agency.
Ushakov said that the snub showed that the United States was “not prepared for equal relations” with Russia, according to Interfax.
The White House announced Wednesday that Obama would not travel to Moscow to meet with Putin for a bilateral summit that was planned ahead of the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama will still attend the G-20.
“Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement on Wednesday.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry are still planning to meet with their Russian counterparts in Washington on Friday.