Edward Snowden is the least of America's problems with Russia

The Financial Times publishes an article by columnist Philip Stephens arguing that a number of reasons explain US President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in early September, and Edward Snowden comes well down the list of concerns, which include Syria and Mr Putin’s stubborn refusal to break out of a cold war mentality. The article concludes that the Russian regime overestimates itself and Mr Putin has made it clear that Russia does not want a strategic relationship with the US. So Washington should view the relationship as transactional, cooperating where it can, stepping back when it has to, and continuing to highlight the potential advantages of a stronger relationship.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013