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Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown his true colors in recent years, and it is quite clear he doesn’t have any respect for the United States.

That is why we applaud President Barack Obama for canceling a planned Moscow summit that was scheduled for next month.

Obama has plenty of reasons to cancel his trip to see the former KGB agent. His main reason for not going to the summit was his anger over Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden was granted asylum for one year.

Many believe Snowden should have been brought back to the United States to face trial for his role in leaking top secret documents.

Granting asylum to Snowden simply exacerbated an already troubled relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Obama and Putin have frequently found themselves at odds with each other on pressing issues, most recently in Syria, where the U.S. has accused Putin of helping Syrian President Bashar al Assad by supplying him with weapons and money to fight a civil war that has gone on for more than two years and has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people.

Russia is also responsible for blocking a United Nations Security Council effort to end the violence in Syria. …

Putin’s record as the leader of Russia has been less than stellar. He is a borderline dictator who has damaged even further a relationship with the U.S. that was much closer during previous administrations.

Perhaps Obama’s decision will send a strong message to Putin that his actions are not without consequences.

— The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.

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