Obama: Relations with Putin sometimes difficult

Aug. 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM
1 of 3
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Friday the U.S.-Russian relationship has become more difficult under Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With Putin running Russia "we saw more rhetoric that was more anti-American ... I've encouraged Mr. Putin to think forward rather than backward on those issues, with mixed success."

The president said he had no plans to boycott the Olympic Games in Russia.

Relations with Russia have cooled since Russia granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Obama said he called for surveillance reform before Snowden's leaks.

"I don't think Mr. Snowden is a patriot," the president said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Russia says missiles aimed at Syria did not land in Iran
Tunisian democracy advocates win Nobel Peace Prize
Captive orca breeding banned at California's SeaWorld
Wrong drug used in Oklahoma execution
Pentagon to ditch $500M Syrian rebel training program