President Bush is in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, ahead of the Group of Eight economic summit.
Mr. Bush and his wife Laura arrived in St. Petersburg Friday morning from Germany.
In his talks with the President Putin, Mr. Bush has said he will discuss concerns about press freedom and democracy in Russia, but will not scold the Russian leader.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss the nuclear crises in Iran and North Korea, and the escalating fighting in the Middle East.
The G-8 summit gets under way in St. Petersburg Saturday.
The two leaders are meeting as U.S. and Russian negotiators work to conclude a deal that would let the former communist state join the World Trade Organization.