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Bush to Meet With Russian President During Upcoming G-8 Summit


The White House says U.S. President George Bush will meet with his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev, during next week's Group of Eight summit in Japan.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says the two are to discuss missile defense and Russia joining the World Trade Organization.

She says Mr. Bush also looks forward to learning more about President Medvedev's domestic priorities for strengthening rule of law in Russia and exploring ways to reduce tensions and build peace and security in the region, including in Georgia's separatist region of Abkhazia.

She says Mr. Bush is to also meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss a U.S.-India civilian nuclear cooperation initiative, climate change, trade talks, agriculture, and Asia-Pacific democracy.

Mr. Bush departs Washington Saturday for the three-day summit in northern Japan that begins Monday.

In comments from the White House Wednesday, Mr. Bush said the summit will address a host of critical world issues, including energy supplies, food shortages and climate change.

He said he also will urge the other G-8 nations - Japan, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Italy - to make good on previous pledges of large-scale international efforts to fight malaria, AIDS and other deadly diseases.

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