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Decision on Russia summit coming soon

The White House will announce "in the coming days" whether President Obama plans to scrap planned bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

The Obama Administration is upset with the Kremlin after Russian officials last week extended a yearlong temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former Defense contractor who leaked details about top-secret National Security Agency programs. The decision allowed Snowden to leave the international transit zone of the Moscow airport, where he had been holed up for more than a month.

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Last week, Carney said the U.S. was "extremely disappointed" by the Russians' decision and would be "evaluating the utility" of the one-on-one talks between Putin and Obama.

The talks, slated for early September, were to have preceded the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg. White House officials have previously said that Obama hoped to discuss a range of issues with the Russian leader, including nuclear arms, Syria and Iran.

The White House spokesman also said American authorities would "obviously" be in contact to express "our extreme disappointment with this situation."

"Mr. Snowden is not a whistle-blower. He is accused of leaking classified information," Carney said. "He should be returned to the United States."

The U.S. has also signaled that other, lower-level talks between U.S. Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOvernight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach GOP probes put new focus on State Will FISA secrecy doom democracy? MORE, Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelHagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase Pentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass MORE, and their Russian counterparts are "up in the air," an official told Reuters.

Lawmakers last week expressed outrage over Russia's decision to extend Snowden asylum.

"Russia has stabbed us in the back, and each day that Mr. Snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife," said Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Overnight Defense: GOP plays hardball by attaching defense funding to CR | US reportedly drawing down in Iraq | Russia, US meet arms treaty deadline | Why the military wants 6B from Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) in a statement.