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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Low Expectations for Maine Visit

The White House is lowering expectations for President George W. Bush's summit with President Vladimir Putin, which begins Sunday at the Bush family's oceanfront estate in Kennebunkport, Maine.

"I would caution against expecting grand new announcements," White House press secretary Tony Snow said about the meeting being held at the home of Bush's father, former President George Bush.

"This is, in fact, an opportunity for two leaders to talk honestly and candidly with one another," he said.

The younger Bush and Putin are expected to talk about the Middle East, Iran's nuclear ambitions and missile defense. But Snow said: "If you're expecting some sort of grand initiative, a bold announcement -- no."

In Minsk, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that he hoped Washington would take seriously Moscow's objections to the U.S. missile shield plan.

"These rockets in Eastern Europe are not necessary to counter the threat that the initiators of this project refer to" Lavrov said.

AP, Reuters