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Putin and Bush to Meet on June 16th








: Stepan Osenchuk  



George Bush and Vladinir Putin are to meet in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 16th. For the sake of the meeting, the White House has agreed to add one day to George Bushs first European tour as US President. But Russia is also making a large concession: By agreeing to meet Bush in the Slovenian capital, the Kremlin has practically admitted the inevitability of Slovenia joining NATO.

At a press briefing following talks with President Bush, State Secretary Colin Powell and the US National Security advisor Rice in Washington, Russias Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov announced that Vladimir Putin and George Bush are to meet in the capital of Slovenia on June 16th.

Russian diplomacy can consider the US agreement to add a day to Bushs European tour in order to meet Vladimir Putin as a success: Prior to Ivanovs visit, Washington had announced that it was categorically against prolonging Bushs European tour.

But the venue of Bushs and Putins first meeting is advantageous for Washington. The New York Times quoted a source in the White House as saying that Bushs visit to Slovenia will add impetus to Slovenias prospective entry into NATO. In Ljubljana Bush will undoubtedly express his personal support for Slovenias and other former communist European countries entrance into NATO. And Vladimir Putin presence will be tantamount to Moscow admitting that Slovenias prospective NATO membership is inevitable.

Ivanov gave an anecdotal explanation for the choice of Ljubjana as a venue for the meeting: We discussed the planned itinerary of the presidents (Putin and Bush), spun the globe and we came upon Ljubljana.

Apart from arranging the Bush Putin talks, the Russian and US officials discussed a wide range of issues including Russias proposal to establish two bi-lateral working groups on strategic stability.

According to Moscows proposal, the first Russo-American group could deal with analysis of potential or existing security threats and which instruments we have to neutralize them. The second group would study the possible solutions to the question of strategic stability in the new global situation.

The US response to Russias proposition was largely indifferent. As Powell said, We will try and understand its essence and how it would be possible to include it into to the arms control structures that already exist.

As expected, there was no breakthrough in the dispute over Russias objections to US plans to build the National Defense System (NMD). And there will not be. Ivanov said that Bush had told him that the US administration considers that the decision that will be taken on the NMD will not affect other countries defence interests, nor strategic stability.


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