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Obama to decide soon on whether to attend Moscow summit

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will have an announcement in coming days about whether President Barack Obama will attend a summit in Moscow this fall, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

"We are continuing to evaluate the utility of a summit," Carney told reporters at a briefing. "You can expect that we'll have a decision to announce in coming days about that specific issue."

The United States was disappointed that Russia gave a temporary visa to fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Obama is scheduled to attend a conference of the Group of 20 major world economies in Russia in the fall and was contemplating a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech)

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