Putin Cancels Visit To G8 Summit In U.S.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a visit to the United States planned for later in May where he had been expected to attend a G-8 economic summit and meet with U.S. President Barack Obama.
The White House says Putin told Obama by telephone on May 9 that he needs to finish setting up his new cabinet.
Instead, Russia's newly appointed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to attend the G8 summit at Camp David, Maryland, on May 18-19.
The Obama administration had moved the G8 gathering to Camp David from a planned venue in Chicago partly to accommodate Putin.
NATO heads of state are gathering in Chicago on May 20.
The White House says Obama and Putin have agreed to meet in June on the sidelines of another economic gathering.