Obama-Putin scheduling conflicts
May 14th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Obama-Putin scheduling conflicts

Although the White House has said they have a "mutual commitment" to strengthening the relationship between the U.S and Russia, neither leader will visit the other on their turf in the summits that each country is hosting in the next several months.

The White House confirmed on Monday that President Obama will not be attending the APEC summit in Russia in November.

This after a phone conversation last week, where President Putin told Obama he wouldn't be able to attend the upcoming G8 Summit at Camp David because he was still forming his government and getting settled back into the role of Russian president.  President Obama said he understood and looked forward to meeting with former President and current Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev during the summit.

The two leaders will eventually meet at the G20 summit in Mexico in June and have their first face-to-face meeting since Putin was elected president for the second time. They previously met in 2009 when Putin was the prime minister and Obama visited Moscow to sign a preliminary agreement for nuclear arms reduction along-side of then-President Medvedev.

But the White House says not to read anything into the scheduling no-shows.

"The fact of the matter is we have a comprehensive relationship with Russia that's built on working together in areas where we agree and that has borne significant successes, that approach, and then be very clear about where we disagree but not letting those disagreements undermine the overall relationship," Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to New York City for the Barnard College commencement. "And that was true under President Medvedev when Vladimir Putin was prime minister, and it will continue to be true now that Mr. Putin has returned to the presidency and Mr. Medvedev is now prime minister."

Topics: G-8 • Russia • Vladimir Putin

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. acdcguy

    Scheduling conflicts?? ppffffttttt !!! Obama is just scared. He knows he can't hang with the big boys. Besides, who wants to hang with a lame duck president in November...............

    May 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Pete

      @acdcguy,its been Putin putting off Pres.Obama,he was warned of US sanctions against Putins Russia because of his involvement in Syria ,suppling arms to Assad against UN and the presidents repeated threats,and believe me Pres.Obama is just the opposite of that spineless Romney,can't face reporters ,ha!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  2. demwit

    Russia is an American Europa.., progressively speaking.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  3. ReaiityBites

    its called a snub Becky, and we all know who is snubbing whom...

    May 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  4. jerry

    a few days ago Russia says they will bomb out our missile sights in eastern europe if we put them in...now this. Scheduling conflict...yah right. Another obama media manipulation.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Pete

      @jerry,you think we're intimidated having ourselves well over 500 minute man and trident missiles in the states deployed alone,with more if needed.We didn't back down against Russia in the Cuban missile crisis with a Democrate Pres.Kennedy against Nikita Khrushchev and they're not as strong militarily as they were.As you've seen,the incumbent can surely stand under that pressure,can Romney,I doubt it!!!He talks good ,that's it,just talks!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  5. Concerned in Cleveland


    May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  6. s

    acdcguy, you must be a reupub and redneck correct?

    May 15, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  7. jean2009

    So, he will meet Putin (and hang with the big boys??) when they meet in 33 days at the Mexican G-20 Summit. Thirty three days isn't all that long for any scheduling problems...there are doctors who seem to be booked further out. On the bright side..it will give people like jerry, howie, joey. steveo,,#1Idiot and the rest a breather before they can complain about his riding on Air Force One to resorts at Los Cabos, Mexico.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Steveo

      Once again, Jean you are wrong! I don't complain about the president flying on AF 1. That what presidents do, Jean! Nice try but once again wrong!

      May 15, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • jean2009

        Do you ever complain when others complain about the president flying on AF 1? NO! I always wonder why we (the taxpayers) purchased a plane for the president to do our business; if everyone is going to complain about it being flown.

        May 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • Steveo


        Do I really have to complain when others complain about AF 1 or anything else? There are more than enough blogger police out there! I don't have to be one! I like to pick my battles and AF-1 isn't one of them! Hoping you are enjoying your day!

        May 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  8. Name*Liz Carter

    @acdcguy,...are you crazy?? President Obama is one of the few statesmen and diplomats LEFT in this s!o-called United States who can 'hang with the Big Boys'!! We can't count that many! Collin Powell, Bill Clinton, Jimmie Carter and maybe a couple of more!! The rest of them including Bush and Cheney have messed up too bad!! They can't go sit down and talk to anybody about anything ANYMORE!! They can't even leave the country, they may be arrested by the world, so don't even go there!!

    May 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Pete

      @Liz Carter ,doesn't every one always want Pres.Carter to mediate on problems world wide.Ya don't hear anything for those war mongers Bush and Cheney mediating anything but Romneys super pacs or maybe that heart Cheney got, if it was a heart!!If it weren't for these sites,these guys wouldn't have a life.But ya know what Liz,having the stigma being republican has to be a heavy cross to bare ,ain't it guys!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        having the stigma being republican has to be a heavy cross to bare ,ain't it guys!!!
        No, it's not! NEXT!!

        May 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Pete

        @Steveo,it is a curse,right?What did you or your parents do to become republicans,did ya have your hair cut by Mormon radicals as a kid?Well ,being republican,ya got to be tough,because being republican you're really thinkin dumb!!Political history proves it,read the facts,bye,bye!!

        May 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
      • Steveo

        Steveo,it is a curse,right

        Once again Pete, No, it's not...NEXT!!

        May 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
      • Pete

        @steveo,the truth does hurt,doesn't it,because you're in political denile,your party always being the brunt of all those stupid jokes.Because its FACT,as I clearly stated and you delushional morons maskerading as intelligent posters are getting YOU in trouble.Try next time arguing with something that doesn't spin,like YOUR FACTS!!!

        May 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  9. Name*Liz Carter

    Jean, you are so right!! They do complain when this President uses it!! That's one of the reasons I've stuck to my belief that bigotry and racism at the root of all the complaints against Obama!! It's just when he became President, that all of the vitriol started with him using any of the 'Presidential Perks', that come with being President! They started counting the fuel gallons, the miles it took to go, the aids and attendants, the cost in total of what we as taxpayers have had to sponsor for every other President before him!! What else could it be!! They are RACISTS pure and simple!! If he were WHITE, we wouldn't be even able to give an opinion, because the media wouldn't have been putting each and every little iota out here for us to complain about!! We have been living under that long arm of racism and discrimination, as a people ever since the Civil War!! Even as the President, they are going to make sure that he remembers, 'He's still a N-word'!! PERIOD!! It ain't over!! That's what the REBELS promised us at the end of the war!! Laws just don't change hearts and minds!! Thank you to my white sisters and brothers who know that I speak the truth! Thank you for your ongoing, sometimes quiet help in this area!!

    May 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Pete

      @Liz Carter,remember these guys complaining about Pres.Obama playing golf,when their own elustreous moron Bush spent 477 days on vacation in his first two years,yes sir,in his first two years.That's why I called him the phantom president because he was never in the White House,period,at least not mentally!!

      May 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  10. Pete

    Putins arrogence is getting under the presidents skin,He's avoiding the preident at all costs because of talks he and Obama will have on the Syrian conflict and Putins Russian influence as arms dealers to Assad in this same conflict.Putin has already, as China,India,and Pakistan been warned of the circumstances that exist if these countries continue to involve themselves with Iraq for fuel and weapons in a seperate complaint.Syrias Assad,with his systematic elimination of Assads citizens,genocide in short ,will also have sanctions against him leveraged even more,including the other countries involvement with Iraq starting June 28 as warned.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm |