President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin once gazed into each other’s eyes and each found a friend, but developments with a proposed missile defense shield, Iran and Kosovo have strained the relationship. So the two have scheduled some male-bonding time at the Bush family resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, where they’ll try to relieve some of their tension by fishing.


As Mr Putin arrived, more than 1,000 demonstrators protested nearby, criticising his policy on Chechnya and calling for Mr Bush to be impeached over the war in Iraq.

Officials have stressed that the meeting between the two leaders is informal, and the two men are expected to go fishing.

Before he left Russia, Mr Putin said he was looking forward to “friendly” talks with Mr Bush.

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