Obama-Putin bilateral at G20 `not planned`: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently not planning to have bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit although there is a chance of an informal encounter, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently not planning to have bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit although there is a chance of an informal encounter, the Kremlin said on Friday.

"A meeting with Obama is not planned," the Kremlin`s foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said at a briefing today.

Putin plans to "shake his hand" along with other leaders` when he greets them at the summit in Saint Petersburg, Ushakov said.

The two will still have a chance to speak on the sidelines of the summit, Ushakov said. "Whether it will be standing up or in chairs, I do not know," he commented.

With US-Russia ties at a new low after Moscow gave asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, the White House earlier this month scrapped a US-Russia summit that was planned to take place in Moscow just ahead of the G20.

A bilateral meeting in Saint-Petersburg was not scheduled "because we and the Americans planned a full-scale state visit (by Obama) to the country, which, as you know, is not happening," Ushakov explained.

As well as the row over Snowden, US-Russia ties have been stretched by a host of other rows, ranging from Syria to human rights.

AFP

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