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Bush, Putin to Lock Antlers on Missile Defense

Russian president will host US counterpart for April 6 summit
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 6:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Bush accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation today to continue the two nations' often strained talks over a proposed US missile defense system in central Europe. The two heads of state will meet April 6 in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, the Washington Post reports, for likely the last time before Putin changes jobs May 7.

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Putin has denounced Bush's plan to install 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, arguing it would weaken Russia's nuclear capabilities. Bush remains "optimistic" about the plan. And in other nuclear-superpower news today, Bush phoned Chinese leader Hu Jintao to clarify that a 2006 shipment of nuclear warhead components to Taiwan was indeed a mistake. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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