Reid, Boehner Refuse to Meet with Russian Lawmakers on Syria

Russia "disappointed" with the decision

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WASHINGTON - JULY 23: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

Even as President Obama rolled into the G-20 summit with a conciliatory gesture towards Putin — a little Russian flag flapping above the fender of his presidential Cadillac — U.S. Congressmen were sending a sterner message to their Russian counterparts. On Thursday night, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed that Reid and House Speaker John Boehner rejected an invitation from Russian lawmakers to meet over Syria.

(MORE: At the G20, Obama’s Syria Efforts Take a Hit as Putin Gains Support)

A spokesman for the Russian Embassy announced his disappointment with their decision, according to CBS News. The rejection comes after a series of rebuffs and reconciliations between U.S. and Russian officials, most notably Obama’s cancellation of a one-on-one meeting with Putin earlier this summer, as the countries move further apart on a slew of issues. With Syria, human rights abuses and the fate of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden all unresolved, expect more tiny flags, and rebuffed overtures, in the months ahead.

[CBS News]

4 comments
buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

Both these old fools need a swift kick in the backside and a bus ticket back to where they came from.

jimmyjimmyjimmy111
jimmyjimmyjimmy111

Hubris at its finest. The waning empire. This is like an old movie that has played over and over again through out history. Very sad. 

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

Boehner does not work with Obama. It would be a shame if he worked with Russia.