Putin Asks To Be Included In Missile Defense

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Russian president Vladimir Putin offered to take back his objections to the U.S. planned missile defense shield provided it protects "all of Europe" and that it be placed in Azerbaijan instead of Poland and the Czech Republic.

This request was welcomed by leaders at the G8 summit and president George W Bush in particular. If the plan goes through, it will greatly defuse the tensions that looked to overshadow the summit.

Bush has invited Putin to the family's compound in Kennebunkport, Maine in July to discuss this and other issues further.

Always a skeptic, I find it hard to believe that this idea wasn't discussed through back channels ahead of the summit. It would not surprise me if the two men didn't work to build the tensions so as to be seen as working together to make progress when the summit arrived. Makes for a good show,
I guess.


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