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NEW ORLEANSReports this morningPresident BushRussian President Vladimir Putin
According to a Russian newspaper report, Mr. Putin lost his temper with Mr Bush at a meeting on the final day of the Bucharest summit, telling him: “Do you understand, George, that Ukraine is not even a state.” Claiming that most of Ukraine’s territory was “given away” by Russia, Mr. Putin supposedly also said that if the country joined NATO it would “cease to exist.” A Kremlin spokesman at the meeting says he did not hear the exchange.
Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

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