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Russia expects Obama visit despite "mini-crisis" in ties
December 18, 2012 / 10:44 AM / in 5 years

Russia expects Obama visit despite "mini-crisis" in ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is likely to visit Russia in the first half of 2013 despite a “mini-crisis” in relations over U.S. moves to punish Russians accused of rights violations, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama looks down as he walks from the rostrum after speaking at a vigil held at Newtown High School for families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Yuri Ushakov, a foreign policy adviser to President Vladimir Putin, gave no further details. Obama and Putin have both signalled since winning presidential elections this year that they want an improvement in U.S.-Russian ties.

Reporting Alexei Anishchuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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