Bush Offers Obama Advice on Russia

WASHINGTON -- Preparing to leave office, President George W. Bush has advised his successor to try to stay friends with Russia despite disagreements.

"There's common interest and there's going to be a lot of tensions," Bush said Thursday at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank. "The president has got to be in a position where he can deal with those tensions in a way that doesn't send chilling signals with other allies."

While not mentioning President-elect Barack Obama directly, Bush has spent his final weeks emphasizing efforts he says his successor should continue. Obama will be sworn in on Jan. 20.

Washington and Moscow have sparred over the Iraq war, a U.S. missile defense system for Europe and Russia's war with Georgia in August, among other things.