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Russia-US Relations / Bush’s European Visit / Putin Interview #789518

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 09, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Tbilisi: Bill Plante) The display of friendship by President Bush & Russian President Vladimir Putin despite recent critical exchanges featured; scenes shown of the 2 leaders together during the military parade in Red Square marking the 60th anniversary of the allied victory in World War II and later waving from Putin’s antique car; details given about US concern that Putin is retreating from democracy. [Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe TALBOTT†- notes Russia is moving away from democratization & respect for its neighbors.] Bush’s welcome in Georgia noted; scenes shown of him trying traditional dance moves.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer, Mike Wallace) The exclusive “60 Minutes” interview with Putin about Russia’s relationship with the US excerpted & discussed. [To Wallace, PUTIN {thru translator} – says we cannot give advice to the US on where & where not to go; responds to criticism from Bush & Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about his retreat from democracy; states he will not respond to pressure.] Putin’s knowledge of foreign affairs noted. Wallace’s 87th birthday acknowledged.

Schieffer, Bob;
Plante, Bill;
Mike, Bob Schieffer,

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