No plans for Obama-Putin meeting at D-Day events

  • Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:51 p.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 5:33 p.m.
AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service 
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a reception marking Victory Day in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The White House said President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Putin when both leaders attend next monthís events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But the White House isnít criticizing France for welcoming Putinís visit, either.
AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a reception marking Victory Day in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The White House said President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Putin when both leaders attend next monthís events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But the White House isnít criticizing France for welcoming Putinís visit, either.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) ó The White House said President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both leaders attend next monthís events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

But the White House isnít criticizing France for welcoming Putinís visit, either.

The Kremlin said on Thursday that Putin planned to attend the June 6 event commemorating the allied landing in Normandy. Meanwhile, the U.S. and the European Union are both sanctioning some other Russians close to Putin over Russiaís actions in Ukraine. Obama and Putin havenít met since the crisis started.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Thursday that France invited many countries, and the U.S. wouldnít expect the French to disinvite Russia because of events in Ukraine.

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