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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 04/07/2007

Putin trumps Bush

At the recent meeting between Vladimir Putin and George Bush, in matters relating to the US missile defence shield, it was the Russian president who came out on top, writes Jan Zizka. "In Kennebunkport the President Putin proposed installing the radar system in Southern Russia and exchanging information with the US. The final decision would be left in the hands of the NATO-Russia council. Bush had no alternative but to acknowledge Putin's initiative and promise to give the proposal serious consideration... And Putin has another advantage over Bush. He can rest assured that his viewpoint will remain Russia's viewpoint even after his term in office comes to an end. For Bush, on the other hand, it's not even clear whether the missile shield project will be get the go ahead in Central Europe. Congress has yet to approve the financing of the radar system in the Czech Republic."

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