French President Jacques Chirac, left, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, right gesture, while Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during their meeting in Putin’s residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004. A three-way meeting between Putin, Schroeder and Chirac got underway Tuesday, their third summit since the trio united in strong opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. (AP Photo/ Sergey Ponomarev)