My RIA column on Aug. 1, urging cancellation of the Moscow summit " it is best that the two leaders (Obama and Putin) refrain from meeting for the sake of meeting."
Obama's aide Ben Rhodes on Aug. 7 on cancellation of the Moscow meeting: "We just don't want to have a summit for the sake of having a summit."
My RIA column on Aug. 1 said there would be simply no tangible deliverables on missile defense or other issues ready by the summit to be presented in order to justify the meeting.
Obama's spokesman Carney on Aug.7: "Given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit."
My RIA column on Aug. 1" Of course, the two leaders can always sign off on another declaration on strategic cooperation on security issues if the Moscow summit does take place. But it will take more than a piece of paper to keep the summit from flopping."
Kommersant on Aug. 7 and 8: At the summit Obama and Putin were to sign off on a 8-page “Statement on development of bilateral cooperation” – all aspects of relations, including security.