U.S. Treads Carefully To Preserve Relations With Russia Following Snowden Asylum | Talking Points Memo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden has upset the Obama administration and enraged Congress. But if the United States wasn’t prepared to scrap its maddeningly difficult relationship with Russia because of missile defense, human rights or Syria’s civil war, it’s unlikely the 30-year-old National Security Agency leaker alone will sour ties irrevocably between two powers that both have moved past their half-century Cold War for global supremacy.After Snowden left the transit zone of Moscow’s airport and officially entered Russia on Thursday, the White House declared itself “extremely disappointed” and suggested President Barack Obama would reconsider his autumn summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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