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June 6, 2007 3:00 AM

Bush tries to downplay differences at G-8 summit

On his first full day at the Group of Eight summit in Germany, President Bush tried Wednesday to soften the war of words with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe and to downplay differences with his G-8 partners over reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Bush stressed U.S.-Russian friendship on the eve of his Thursday one-on-one meeting with Putin. The two men are expected to discuss Putins pique over Bushs drive to install a sophisticated radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland to safeguard against a nuclear attack from a rogue state such as Iran.

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