White House postpones Russia-U.S. summit due to lack of progress on issues

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave a statement on Wednesday regarding President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Russia and current issues with the country.

Carney said that, following a careful review, it has been determined that there has not been enough recent progress in the U.S.' bilateral agenda with Russia to hold an early September summit between the two countries.

"We value the achievements made with Russia in the President's first term, including the New START Treaty, and cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea," Carney said. "However, 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 until we have more results from our shared agenda. Russia's disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship."

Secretaries Hagel and Kerry will meet their Russian counterparts in Washington today to discuss how they can move forward on these issues.

"The President still looks forward to traveling to St. Petersburg on September 5-6 to attend the G-20 Summit," Carney said.