Obama Says Relationship With Putin Not Icy Despite 'tough Guy' Stance

wochit politics
February 06, 2014 AT 3:49 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin may seek to look like the tough guy in joint appearances with President Barack Obama, but Obama said in an interview that he and Putin have a pragmatic and respectful relationship. Obama canceled a visit to Moscow to visit Putin last year after Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden, the former spy contractor whose leaks about U.S. surveillance operations rocked U.S. relations with allies and hurt Obama's popularity at home.