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DATE=9/5/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON - RUSSIA (L-ONITER) NUMBER=2-266166 BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations Millenium Summit in New York. Correspondent Deborah Tate reports the two leaders are expected to discuss a broad agenda. Text: The meeting with Mr. Putin comes just days after Mr. Clinton announced he is leaving a decision on whether the United States will deploy a missile defense system to his successor. The issue has been an irritant to U-S - Russian relations. Although Washington argues such a system would protect against missiles fired by countries like Iraq or North Korea, Moscow believes it would violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and undermine nuclear deterrence. Mr. Clinton Friday cited diplomatic complications as well as recent test failures as reasons for deferring the deployment decision. But he said development of the program would continue. The President is expected to use his meeting with his Russian counterpart Wednesday to narrow the differences over the proposed U-S missile shield. U-S National Security Advisor Sandy Berger says the two leaders - who will be meeting for the third time in three months - are also expected to discuss arms control, non-proliferation, and regional issues, including North Korea, the Middle East peace process, and the Balkans. In addition, Mr. Berger says, Mr. Clinton will use the occasion to personally renew his appeal to Russia to respect the freedom of the press. The United States had expressed concern over the brief imprisonment of Russian media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky on embezzlement charges in June. At the time, Mr. Putin sought to distance himself from the case - saying the prosecutor's office was an independent agency beyond his control. Prosecutors dropped the case late last month - citing lack of evidence. (Signed) NEB/DAT/ENE/FC 05-Sep-2000 16:51 PM EDT (05-Sep-2000 2051 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .