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White House says U.S. 'disappointed' in Snowden developments

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is disappointed in Russia's decision to grant asylum to fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden and President Barack Obama may forego an anticipated Moscow summit this fall, the White House said on Thursday.

"We see this as an unfortunate development and we are extremely disappointed by it," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Asked whether Moscow's granting of a year's asylum in Russia to Snowden would affect a decision to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in September, Carney said, "We are evaluating the utility of the summit."

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Bill Trott)

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