Moscow—Disappointment was expressed by the Russian capital today, after United States President Obama canceled his September meeting with its own presidential counterpart. This action follows the similar disappointment, felt and duly expressed by Obama, resulting from Moscow's recent granting of temporary asylum to the most wanted object of the U.S., Edward Snowden.
A dispirited Kremlin building, its normally bright exterior taking on a sulky gray cast at being snubbed, stood forlorn as both citizens and visitors instinctively gave it plenty of room in passing. A nearby tour guide attempted to cheer his English-speaking flock by making the quip "Two disappointments do not make an appointment," but the subdued laughter ended a few seconds later as a sudden rain shower drenched the group.
The sun shone upon the Swedish capital of Stockholm, meanwhile, as it was announced that President Obama will pay a visit to that country in place of the canceled Moscow trip. Delighted and festive preparations were already in progress, and it is anticipated that a large gift of information is being readied for the guest and his associates.