Putin too Busy to Attend G8
Mr Putin, who was inaugurated as President this week after an absence of four years, told US officials he was busy finalising his cabinet.
He will send the outgoing president, Dmitry Medvedev, who replaces him as prime minister, instead.
My first reaction: how busy can he be, given that he is hardly having to deal with a massive transition since he was president and then PM and now president again.
My second reaction: what a bizarre dance Putin and Medvedev have going here.
This puts off Obama-Putin direct talks, but these will now be at the G20 meeting in Mexico in June, according to the report.