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White House coy on Obama's Russia travel plans

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is playing coy over President Barack Obama's travel to Russia this fall as Washington and Moscow negotiate the fate of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Obama is scheduled to visit St. Petersburg for the Group of 20 economic summit and also stop in Moscow for one-on-one talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But with Snowden seeking temporary asylum in Russia, the White House is being ambiguous about that itinerary.

Spokesman Jay Carney says Obama intends to travel to Russia for the G-20 summit. Asked whether that meant Obama was skipping Moscow, Carney would only say that he didn't have anything to add to previous announcements on presidential travel.

Pressed on whether he was being intentionally vague, Carney said, "I don't have anything to add."

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