Putin and Bush Spoke in Rural Texas and Putin Visited His Ranch

  • Former US President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly bonded in 2001.
  • They held a summit in a rural Texas city of 705 folks the place Bush owns a close-by ranch.
  • Putin and his spouse stayed on the ranch, and later, the 2 presidents took questions from native college students.

Two months after the September 11 assaults, Russian President Vladimir Putin joined former US President George W. Bush in a rural Texan city of 700 folks, the place Bush owns the close by Prairie Chapel ranch. The 2 leaders additionally spoke at a highschool, after winding down on the ranch, in keeping with NPR.

The now-unimaginable assembly befell in Crawford, Texas, on November 15, 2001, and was billed because the Crawford Summit, with each presidents lower than a yr into their first phrases in workplace. 

It was an period when Putin admired Bush and Russia was attempting to normalize relationships with the West after the autumn of the Soviet Union in 1991. The assembly mirrored a constructive second in American and Russian relations — and a glimpse of Putin early in his rise to energy in Russia. 

“We had an amazing dinner final night time; we had a bit of Texas barbecue, pecan pie, a bit of Texas music. And I believe the President actually loved himself,” Bush instructed the scholars, in keeping with the George W. Bush White Home archives. “I instructed him he was welcome to return again subsequent August to get a real style of Crawford. He mentioned, advantageous, and possibly you’d wish to go to Siberia within the winter.”

Throughout his speech, Bush talked about that Putin and his spouse Lyudmila stayed the night time at his Prairie Chapel ranch.

“It is my honor additionally to introduce President Putin to Crawford. I wager a whole lot of people right here, significantly the older people, by no means dreamt that an American President can be bringing the Russian President to Crawford, Texas.” Bush mentioned. “Lots of people by no means actually dreamt that an American President and a Russian President may have established the friendship that we now have. We had been enemies for an extended time frame.”  

Bush added that “we’re working collectively to interrupt the outdated ties, to ascertain a brand new spirit of cooperation and belief in order that we will work collectively to make the world extra peaceable.” His speech largely centered on combatting terrorism and seeing Russia as a accomplice in that battle.

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Bush and Putin share fun collectively on the Crawford Summit on November 15, 2001


“On our means right here, we did not count on in any respect that issues can be so heat and homey as they had been on the ranch of President Bush right here,” Putin mentioned. “Yesterday, we had a shock, however at present’s assembly is one more and really nice shock, certainly, for us. Certainly, in any nation, the spine of any nation just isn’t solely the individuals who stay within the capitals but additionally and largely, the individuals who stay a whole bunch and 1000’s of miles from the capital.”

Putin’s feedback largely lauded Russian contributions to the US and highlighted shared cultural histories by means of migration.

College students then requested questions in regards to the US invasion of Afghanistan, a warfare that was solely two months outdated on the time. One scholar requested the 2 leaders, ” How do you suppose the autumn of the Taliban authorities will have an effect on ladies’s rights?”

Bush spoke first, saying that “there is no query the Taliban is essentially the most repressive, backward group of individuals we now have seen on the face of the Earth in an extended time frame, together with and significantly how they deal with ladies.” 

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Bush and Putin in entrance of a Texas mural on the Crawford Summit on November 15, 2001


He instructed the scholars he needed Putin to talk on the subject of human rights as effectively. Putin answered subsequent, saying that “in Afghanistan, this phenomenon has taken an excessive kind, and the disrespect of human rights has acquired excessive dimensions.”  

“Total, ladies in Afghanistan are principally not handled as folks,” Putin mentioned.

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