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Bush, Putin Discuss Iraq in Phone Consultation - 2003-02-04

U.S. President George W. Bush has held another round of telephone consultations on Iraq with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House says the two presidents talked about Iraq and Secretary of State Colin Powell's upcoming presentation to the United Nations on Baghdad's suspected weapons of mass destruction.

National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack says Mr. Bush did not preview the detailed evidence the secretary of state will put before the Security Council. But he added that President Putin understands in general terms what Secretary Powell is going to say.

First word of the telephone call came from Moscow. A Kremlin statement said Mr. Putin emphasized the key role played by international weapons inspectors in Iraq. The statement also said both leaders spoke of the need for continuing close collaboration within the U.N. on the Iraq issue.