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Frosty Relations

August 9, 2013
Times Leader

THE COLD WAR maybe be rearing its ugly head once again.

Decades after the thawing of icy relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, relations between the two superpowers have taken a nasty turn.

That came about when President Obama abruptly canceled his planned face-to-face summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Obama's action came on the heels of Russia's decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Russia's opting to befriend Snowden was the straw that broke the camel's back between the two nations' decaying relationship. Obama once had a goal to bring Russia and the U.S. to more friendly and common ground.

That appears it will not happen anytime soon, if ever.

Snowden's Russian-approved asylum is just the most recent and highest profile difference between the two countries.

U.S. and Russia have major philosophical differences on the Syrian civil war. The U.S. is also not on board with Russia's crackdown on civil rights.

As expected, Russian officials responded in quick fashion to Obama's summit cessation, casting blame on the U.S. The Kremlin said the White House is unwilling to develop relations with Moscow on an "equal" basis."

Russia's granting asylum to Snowden stays true to Putin's tough stance with the U.S. The Snowden decision only helps to solidify his standing in the Kremlin.

We agree that the Obama administration should take exception to the Snowden asylum.

But we also believe that cutting off communications between the two nations is counter-productive. More can be accomplished, however, if Obama and Putin go face-to-face, dealing with the critical issues at hand.

 
 

 

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