Ronald Reagan Putin

On May 22, two free-market liberals will meet in the Kremlin: one an ex-oilman who is the son of a US president, the other an ex-KGB agent who is the son of a Saint Petersburg maintenance man. Despite their very different backgrounds, Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are forging a remarkably close partnership. Indeed, cooperation in the international war on terrorism, the recent agreement to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons, and Russia's rapprochement with NATO appear to be only the beginning of a process that is deepening by the day Russia's integration with the West.