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Bush, Polish President to Discuss Missile Defense Shield
U.S. President George Bush is in Poland for talks with that country's president, Lech Kaczynski, and other officials, expecting to focus on U.S. plans for deploying a missile defense shield in Europe.

By VOA News
Posted Friday, June 8, 2007

The U.S. president left the Group of Eight summit in Germany for the meeting between the two presidents at Mr. Kaczynski's Baltic Sea presidential retreat at Jurata.

Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised Mr. Bush Thursday by offering to work with Washington on its planned missile defense bases in Central Europe, if the weapons system is broadened to include a Soviet-built radar base in Azerbaijan.

Mr. Putin calls the system a threat to Russia's security. Mr. Bush says it is intended to ward off attacks from rogue states, such as Iran and North Korea.

The two sides agreed to set up a working group to study the proposal and continue discussions on the issue when the two presidents meet next month at the Bush family home in Kennebunkport, in the northeastern U.S. state of Maine.

President Bush travels to Italy later Friday after his brief visit to Poland.