Putin-Obama talks unlikely in 2013 - Kremlin aide

Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama are unlikely to take place in 2013.

Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama are unlikely to take place in 2013.

"It looks like this won't work out this year for purely scheduling reasons. But this doesn't mean telephone contacts are ruled out," he told journalists.

Ushakov also said, citing information available to the Russian side, that Obama is not planning to travel abroad given current domestic problems. He announced that he had held talks earlier on Tuesday with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who is in Moscow visiting.

"Burns met with many Russian officials. We discussed possible contacts between the Russian and U.S. leaders but did not go into specifics," Ushakov said.

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