I am listening to the News conference by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the U.S. George W. Bush mp3 on link.
I believe Putin was hinting at the fact that the U.S. was worried there was an alliance between Russia and China (as well as NK and Iran) and the U.S.
made Russia confirm there wasn't when talking alone. There were other subtle hints made by both of them about a possible new alliance.
Bush "We had a good discussion this morning. One thing is clear is that the relationship between the U.S. and Russia is good and it must be
20:30 Putin on Iran nuclear proliferation "I have already mentioned that we will not participate in any crusades or any holy alliances... this is
not a plot against a certain country...
Now we all know Russia has had a hard time wanting to deal with Iran. What he said above is my blelief him reasuring Iran since it has been
suggested that China, Russia, and Iran have an alliance.
24:35 Putin- "This is somthing we tell our Iranian partners directly..."
Putin- "We are satisfied with the U.S., Russia relationship on this issue."
26:20 Bush on Iran "Theyre testing the resolve of the parties to decide whether or not we are resolved to decide if they should have a weapon.
28:20 Putin - "We can see that on this issue the oppinion of Russia will be taken into account and our partners are acting on these lines precisely.
This imples that if we bring common approaches to this difficult problem we will see that our joint decissions are fullfilled.
This is what we have said directly to our Iranian partners. I've said it at the meeting of the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and in
China quite recently."
32:30 Putin on Bush remarks about Russia nation (Demoocracy)
"We certainly don't want a democracy like Iraq" Laughs Bush "Just wait."
"It is true that Russia assumes that no one knows better than us on how we can strengthen our own nation."
Overall there wernt many hints and it was a neutral meeting (although the mention of Iraq by Putin was a hit) but I posted anything a little unusual
mentioned. Maybe I am looking to much into it but I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the summit.
Also, there was no deal struck for Russia to join the WTO.
[edit on 15-7-2006 by Techsnow]