Obama expected to weigh in on Russia at press conference

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August 9, 2013, 5:54 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - President Obama's holding a news conference at the White House Friday afternoon. There’s plenty to address. It’ll be the first time he's spoken publicly since cancelling a one-on-one meeting with Russia’s president.

This news conference comes just before the president heads off on a weeklong vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, and it promises to cover a lot of ground.

Analysts expect President Obama to make the most the speech.

Eamon Javers of CNBC Washington said, "Republicans and everybody on Capitol Hill have already gone, they're outta of session. So he really has the field to himself. He can dominate the headlines over the next couple of days."

White House Secretary Jay Carney said, "We have a lot of fish to fry, if you will, with the Russians."

He's expected to address unrest in Egypt and Syria.

A new consulate closes in Pakistan Friday after a threat, which makes 20.

Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and other issues prompted the president to cancel his trip to Moscow.

Jeffery Mankoff of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said, "Given that ultimately Russia chose to give him asylum about a month before the summit was scheduled, I think the administration felt it just had no choice."

Also later Friday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry meets with his Russian counterpart in Washington.

State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "We have much to discuss with the Russians, including cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and also working through disagreements on issues like missile defense, arms control and human rights."

The world's two greatest superpowers are at odds and, as of now, not even talking.

Tags: Obama, Press Conference, president, Russia, summit, Putin, Snowden
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