The US and Russia are at odds over a wide range of issues from foreign policy to human rights.
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:55PM GMT
US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will not participate in the opening or closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Russia amid strained relations with Moscow.
In a news release on Tuesday, the White House announced that the US delegation will instead be led by former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano at the opening ceremonies and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at the closing ceremonies.
White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement the delegation “represents the diversity that is the United States.”
“All our delegation members are distinguished by their accomplishments in government service, civic activism…
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