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Rosy transatlantic outlook but Russia worries resurface

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In the White House Rose Garden, transatlantic partners the European Union and the United States have struck a friendly tone at their annual summit. Their leaders ‘found common ground’ on climate change and energy security. The host was asked about Moscow’s objections to Washinton’s plan for an anti-missile shield in Europe.

President Bush said: “Our intention is to say to Russia that the system is something you oughta think about participating in: it’s your interest to have a system that could prevent a future Iranian regime for example from launching a weapon.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, heading the current EU presidency, pursued her goal of trying to convince US President George W. Bush to take concrete steps, ahead of a G8 summit in June towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Chancellor Merkel said: “There is a common understanding that we have a problem and a solution must be found. Certainly, there are different approaches for solving this, but together we have a range of possibilities. Among them is the US engagement to develop a 20 percent bio-fuel energy mix by 2020.”

The leaders also discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Middle East peace, Afghanistan and Darfur. Merkel has developed a close relationship with Bush, repairing ties which became badly strained when her predecessor clashed with the US over the Iraq war.