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Next month in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin will host the G-8 Summit, a gathering of the world's most highly-industrialized nations. Russia's inclusion originally was promoted as a means of "integration" into the western world after the Cold War. As the US prepares the summit, relations between the two countries are going sour. Presidents Bush and Putin are friendly, but Vice President Cheney has been publicly critical of Russia's democracy and its power plays with gas and oil. Has Russia given up on its effort to integrate with the West? Has European dependence on Russian resources given Putin extraordinary new power despite his country's military decline? We talk to experts in Moscow and the US about what to expect when it comes to Iran and other contentious issues.
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