US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia’s decision to grant asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, the White House said.
But Mr Obama will still attend the G20 economic talks in St Petersburg.
A White House aide said Mr Snowden’s asylum had deepened the pre-existing tension between the two counties.
The former intelligence contractor has admitted leaking information about US surveillance programmes to the media.
Source: BBC News