After weeks of exchanging sharp criticism with US officials, Vladimir Putin today suggested a truce over a controversial missile shield in Eastern Europe. In talks with President Bush at the G8 summit, the Russian president reversed course and said Moscow would support US plans for the shield if it is based in Azerbaijan. Bush called the idea "interesting."
The US has wanted the system to be housed in Poland and the Czech Republic; Putin's suggestion of the existing installation in the former Soviet republic came as a surprise, the AP reports. Lower-level officials will explore the proposal, and the heads of state will discuss it when Putin visits the Bush family compound in Maine next month.