Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will skip a planned visit to the United States this month for a key global summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the Kremlin confirmed Thursday, as he faced pressure from protests and opposition criticism at home.
The White House announced Wednesday that Mr. Putin is unable to join the other leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations meeting outside Washington on May 18-19. The Kremlin said Mr. Putin needs to finish work setting up his new government.
Instead, Russia will send Dmitry Medvedev, the former president and new prime minister, to the G8 summit. Read More