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Tough Talk Planned For Russia

Reported by Deborah - February 19, 2005

The meeting planned between Bush and Putin was a big story this afternoon on Fox News Live. Dana Lewis reporting from Moscow stressed the good relationship between the leaders but admitted that maybe it was a bit chilly. Then Charles William Maynes, Eurasian Foundation, came on to give his take on the situation. 2/19/05

Dana Lewis reported that President Bush planned to highlight the differences between the U.S. and Russia. Lewis stated that the differences included the cancellation of Governor elections; fixing of the Ukranian election and Kremlin control of the media.

Maynes said that there were a few bumps in the road but the tension between leaders was over stated.Maynes said that top Senators wanted to punish Russia for the curbs on democracy. Then Maynes brought up the $800 million Russia is spending on an Iranian nuclear power plant would be an important issue covered at the meeting.

comment: I am so glad that our President is so concerned about fixed elections and government controlled media in other countries.Those kind of things could never happen here.I wonder if Putin knows about the press security clearance given to a partisan gay hooker, Jeff Gannon, by the White House or the Valerie Plame leak traced to a White House source? Maybe they can have a chat about exit polls since the ones in the Ukraine were much more accurate than ours.Then of course there is the PCB question of slow contamination through environmental sources vs.toxicity of a single dose. It should be a productive meeting for sure.

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