US President George W. Bush met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the ongoing APEC summit in Peru. The two leaders agreed to work together in a practical way despite differences during their last summit.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who arrives in Peru for the APEC summit on Saturday, embarked on a four-nation Latin American tour including Venezuela and Cuba. The visit is considered a defiant message to the United States.
The Russian State Duma has approved a bill extending the legal presidential terms from four to six years, in a move viewed as paving the way for Vladimir Putin's return to power. The changes still require approval by the upper house.
The Russian president said Wednesday that he hoped for "fully-fledged" ties with the US after the election of Barack Obama. At the same time, he announced plans to place a missile system on a European base.
President Dmitry Medvedev oversaw the test firing of three intercontinental Topol missiles on Sunday. He claimed Russian defence is is "in order" and vowed to commission new generation weapons for Russia's armed forces.
Russian forces have pulled back from buffer zones around the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the Georgian government says. Moscow intends to keep 7,600 soldiers within the two rebel regions of Georgia.
Speaking at international policy conference in the French Alpine town of Evian on Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the withdrawal of all Russian troops from Georgian territory would be completed by midnight.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is meeting Nicolas Sarkozy in Evian two days before a deadline for Russian troops in Georgia to withdraw to their former positions. The French president negotiated the ceasefire in the August war with Georgia.