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Bush Talks Missiles with Putin

President Bush has been on the phone with Russia´s president to talk about plans for a U-S missile
defense.

The 12-minute phone call came hours before Bush was to give a major speech outlining those plans.

Russia´s Interfax news service
quoted Bush as assuring Vladimir Putin that America won´t make “unilateral decisions´´ on nuclear security.

But White House Press Secretary Ari
Fleischer would say only that Putin was “appreciative´´ that Bush had “reached out´´ to him.