Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Bush Removes Putin From His Fave 5

In a sign of escalating tension between the United States and Russia, the White House announced this week that President Vladimir Putin was no longer on President Bush’s T-Mobile “Fave 5” list of frequent calls.
“The president feels he no longer wants to waste free minutes calling Moscow,” said White House spokesman Tony Snow. He declined to say who would take Putin's place, or who else was on the list, but insiders speculate he would add a member of the Saudi royal family or the present leader of Iraq. "That may be risky, because you can't change the five twice within 30 days," said one expert on politics and telecommunications. He noted that said there would soon likely be another opening in the Five, when British prime minister Tony Blair leaves office.
Moscow and Washington have been at odds over Russia's missile defense system as well as Iraq, the Middle East and various economic issues.
Snow said Bush would still call Putin, “but only on nights and weekends.”
He added that, for now, Putin was still on the president’s Instant Messenger buddy list, “but that’s subject to continuous review.”
Unconfirmed reports from the Kremlin said that Putin, in response, had removed Bush’s MySpace profile from his list of bookmarked sites, and had responded to several official e-mails from the White House by clicking “Report Spam.”

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