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G8 guests arrive to debate crucial issues

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The guests have all arrived for the Group of Eight summit in Heiligendamm on Germany’s Baltic coast.
Last to land was Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose fierce rhetoric over the US missile system has been the focus of the build-up to the talks.
Putin has been assured by US President George Bush that the European-based missiles pose no threat to Russia.

Bush earlier had a private talks with host, Chancellor Angela Merkel. Despite Washington’s rejection of a German proposal for ambitious climate change targets, Merkel remained positive on the issue. She insisted that with more work, the leaders could find common ground, adding that her meeting with Bush had been a good one.