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Georgian Leader at White House Today Looking for NATO Boost

March 19, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Mikhail Saakashvili of the Republic of Georgia is looking for a boost to his country’s aspirations for NATO membership when he meets with President Bush.

Mikheil Saakashvili
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Mikheil Saakashvili

The two leaders also are likely to discuss on Georgia’s tensions with Russia over the possibility of NATO membership and Russia’s support of two breakaway Georgian regions.

Bush, who has been a strong advocate of Georgia’s NATO hopes, may not be able offer more than encouragement to Saakashvili in their White House meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Bush plans to attend NATO’s summit April 2-4 in Bucharest, Romania, and Georgia’s chances of joining a program that would prepare it for eventual membership will hinge on winning unanimous support of the 26 member countries. Some Western leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have misgivings about moving Georgia a step closer to membership.

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Merkel says Russia, Europe must work together

March 8, 2008

NOVO OGARYEVO, Russia (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that there is no alternative to cooperation between Russia and Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk during their meeting in Novo Ogaryovo. Putin has warned Merkel that relations between the West and his successor, Dmitry Medvedev, would not be “more simple.
(AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

Germany and Russia, Europe and Russia, are interdependent. We must find a way to go forward together. There are many things to do,” she said at the start of talks with Putin just outside Moscow.

However Merkel, who was later to meet with Russia’s president-elect Dmitry Medvedev, also alluded to East-West strains that have worsened during Putin’s tenure.

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Putin arrives in Iran for historic visit

October 16, 2007

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a historic visit to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program and attend a Caspian sea summit.

The visit, the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II, is taking place despite warnings of a possible assassination plot and amid hopes that a round of personal diplomacy could help offer a solution to an international standoff on Iran’s nuclear program.

Putin’s trip was thrown into doubt when the Kremlin said Sunday that he had been informed by Russian special services that suicide attackers might ….

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Putin delays Iran visit amid plot report

October 16, 2007

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged Monday to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the international community in their nuclear standoff, although he didn’t come to Tehran as scheduled amid warnings of a possible assassination plot.

Putin’s planned trip, the first here by a Kremlin leader since World War II, raised hopes that personal diplomacy could find a solution to the impasse over the Iranian nuclear program, but he delayed his arrival, which had been set for Monday evening.

The Russian leader insisted to reporters in Germany that he was going ahead with the trip, but the Kremlin declined to discuss details….

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Putin confirms Iran trip, despite ‘plot’

October 15, 2007

By DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press Writer

WIESBADEN, Germany – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Monday he would travel to Iran despite reports about a possible assassination attempt, arguing direct contact and “peaceful means” were the only way to deal with the country’s nuclear program.

Russia‘s Interfax news agency, citing a source in Russia’s special services, said Sunday that suicide terrorists had been trained to carry out the assassination in Iran. The Kremlin said Putin was informed about the threat.

“Of course I am going to Iran,” Putin told reporters at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following talks ….

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Bush throws down gauntlet to China with Dalai Lama meeting

October 10, 2007

by P. Parameswaran

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President George W. Bush will risk angering China by attending a ceremony next week to award a Congress medal to the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, at the bastion of American democracy.

Barely a month after China strongly protested German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s meeting with the Dalai Lama, the White House said Wednesday that Bush and his wife will participate in the special landmark event for the 72-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader at the Capitol building next Wednesday.

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