White House Says President Obama and Vladimir Putin Will Meet Next Week
WASHINGTON In case anyone had doubt, the White House wanted it known on Thursday that it was President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who asked to meet with President Obama, not the other way around.
Mr. Putin was not just eager for a meeting, in fact, said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, but desperate for one.
The emphasis on who wanted to meet more underscored the sensitivities and risks of the meeting, which the White House officially announced on Thursday. Mr. Obama has not seen Mr. Putin in nearly a year, and the two have not had a formal sit-down meeting in more than two years, before Russia annexed Crimea and intervened in eastern Ukraine.
It is fair