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In pictures: Putin visits Bush family

George Bush Snr (right) talks to Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting US President George W Bush at his family's retreat in Maine. He was picked up from the airport by former President George Bush Snr.

President Bush and Laura Bush watching Mr Putin's car arrive

Back at the house at Walker's Point the current president and the first lady waited on the drive to greet their guest.

Laura Bush adjusts Vladimir Putin's collar, watched by George W Bush

Mrs Bush made sure that Mr Putin's collar was straight before he was taken to meet the rest of the clan.

Vladimir Putin gives flowers to Laura Bush

The Russian president had brought bouquets of flowers for both Laura Bush and her mother-in-law, former first lady Barbara Bush.

Vladimir Putin crouches to greet dog surrounded by Bush family

Then the Russian leader was introduced to members of the Bush family, including the pet dog.

Condoleezza Rice greets Vladimir Putin

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also joined the party.

Bush family speedboat at sea

Once the introductions were over President Bush and his father took Mr Putin on a speedboat tour of the coast.

President Bush (left) and President Putin walking

Although the talks are informal there are important issues to discuss, so Mr Bush Snr has ordered that the two leaders be given lots of time alone.






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