CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) President Bush welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to his Texas ranch yesterday for a blend of down-home barbecue and high-powered summitry designed to bind two former Cold War rival nations closer in an age of terrorism.

“I want to show him some of my favorite spots on the ranch,” Bush said as he and his wife greeted Putin and his wife on their arrival.

Both men said Tuesday they had turned a new page in the U.S.-Russian relationship in three hours of talks at the White House. Despite pledges of deep reductions in nuclear stockpiles, White House officials cautioned against expectations of an accord on American plans for an anti-missile defenses when the talks resumed.

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