Bush and Putin Begin Meetings

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both short-timers in office looking to burnish their legacies, began their efforts Friday to look beyond their presidencies and put the frayed U.S.-Russia relationship on firmer footing. Bush saw the outgoing Russian president Friday here at a NATO-Russia Council meeting amid new Washington-Moscow tensions. In all, Bush was to be face-to-face with Putin at least three times in three days, capping a relationship that has lasted nearly a decade. With Putin leaving office next month, their meeting at Putin's vacation home at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday and Sunday will likely be their last as leaders.


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