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The dramatic effect of September 11 on the relationship between America and Russia became evident at a meeting of the countries' presidents in Shanghai yesterday.
President Bush said he hoped Russia's reaction to the attacks would herald a new era of heightened co-operation between the two former Cold War enemies.
Speaking after a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Shanghai, President Bush said he hoped America's new relationship with Russia would be based on 'mutual interests' rather than confrontation.
In an effusive exchange, the President said the new relationship became evident in dramatic fashion on September 11.
'Vladimir Putin was the first person to call,' Mr Bush said, and the new friendship was clear from his decision to stop planned Russian military exercises.
'In the old days, had an American President put their troops on alert, Russia would have responded,' said President Bush. 'And then America would have upped the ante, and then Russia would have upped the ante. …