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CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) _ President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended three days of summitry Thursday with warm praise for each other, but with no sign of a deal sought by the United States to pave the way for a national missile defense system.

Speaking in the gymnasium of Crawford's high school, the two leaders said they had talked about the war on terrorism, working together to end the spread of nuclear weapons, and on economic issues.

Bush cited ``a new relationship ... that will make our lives better.''

They also took questions from students.

``Russia has been a strong partner in the fight against terrorism,'' Bush said, noting that the first phone call he had received from a foreign leader after the Sept. 11 attacks was from Putin.