Putin sympathetic to Obama's APEC no-show decision

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Posted: Oct 07, 2013 6:28 AM
Putin sympathetic to Obama's APEC no-show decision

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Russian leader Vladimir Putin says President Barack Obama's decision to skip a regional summit in Indonesia is "justified" as he tries to end a government shutdown that could rock the world's top economy.

Putin told a CEO conference Monday on the summit's sidelines, "If I were him I would not have come as well. Any leader of a state would have done the same."

For Obama, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting has become a missed opportunity to underline renewed U.S. attention to Asia as a counterbalance to China's increased economic and military clout. The budget impasse forced Obama to stay home.

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Putin, who is often at odds with Obama on foreign policy and other issues, says he hopes the U.S. "will recover from this crisis asap."