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Bush Saw Putin’s Soul, Putin Stood Up Obama

July 11, 2009

The most critical issue for the Russians — U.S. efforts to build a ballistic missile defense (BMD) installation in Poland that effectively gives the Americans a strategic military foothold there, threatening Moscow on its very doorstep — was not something that Obama was willing to discuss with Putin. And that is precisely when the summit went south.

That evening, Obama, Medvedev and Putin — along with their wives — were expected to attend a lavish reception in the Kremlin, which was to be closed to the media. Putin, evidently dissatisfied with his meeting with Obama, backed out of the reception. Though Medvedev was still scheduled to attend, Obama then decided he would spend the evening at the hotel with Michelle and the kids. By then, the party was pretty much over, and the entire event was canceled in a hush.

from Stratfor

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