Russia: Putin Is Courting Everyone But The U.S.

It could have been just a fluke in two Presidential agendas. But when Bill Clinton and Vladimir V. Putin finished talking on June 4, it was the Russian leader who left Moscow first. Putin hastily departed for Italy and two days of meetings with political and business leaders. His visit produced agreements on trade credits worth up to $1.5 billion for Russia. That contrasted sharply with the not-much-new tone of the Putin-Clinton summit.

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