George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin respect each other and the point of view of each other, and this has become the basis for stable relations between the two leaders. This was stated by US Secretary of State Colin Powell in an interview given to well-known anchor of the CNN TV company Larry King. The US Secretary of State, who, according to him, had many chances to watch the dialogue between George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin in Washington, in Crowford and at other meetings, can confirm that the two Presidents have established a very good contact. After a series of summits, the first of which was in Ljubljana, Bush and Putin have not only established good personal relations but also started to understand the policy of each other and tasks of each other, pointed out Colin Powell. This has given an impetus to very firm and strengthening American-Russian relations in those spheres where the USA and Russia have reached consent and makes it possible for the two countries to control differences, said Colin Powell.
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