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18th May 2021

Bush on 'axis of weasel' tour

US President George Bush will embark on a week-long day visit to Europe on Thursday which will take in Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Normandy, and Rome.

Mr Bush will meet with the three leaders of what some have dubbed the "axis of weasel" for their opposition to the war on Iraq - German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, French President Jacques Chirac and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Mr Bush will also meet with the Pope, not named a member of the axis, but strongly anti-war.

The US president will visit Silvio Berlusconi and is likely to bump into a host of world leaders at the events marking the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg and the NATO-Russia summit.

His visit comes at a crucial juncture in the current negotiations on a new UN resolution for post-war Iraq.

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