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Kremlin Aide Says Putin, Bush Face Tough Summit

Bush and Putin at the Group of Eight summit in Germany earlier this month (official site) June 29, 2007 -- A top Kremlin adviser says Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush will discuss a range of hot-button issues when they meet at the Bush family home in Maine on July 1-2.

Putin foreign-policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko said Iran's nuclear activities, the future of the Serbian province of Kosovo, and U.S. plans to deploy elements of an antimissile system in Central Europe will top the summit's agenda.

Moscow and Washington have clashed on all three issues.

(AFP, Interfax)

Moscow And Washington: Toe To Toe

Moscow And Washington: Toe To Toe

U.S. President George W. Bush (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Germany on June 7 (AFP)

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