In Moscow yesterday, theRussian presidential press service announced that Yugoslav PresidentSlobodan Milosevic will travel to the Russian capital for talks withPresident Boris Yeltsin on June 15-16. During his recent trip to Bonn,Yeltsin was urged to exert influence on Serbian leaders in Belgrade, and theRussian president pledged to hold talks with Milosevic. Developments inKosovo are certain to dominate those talks. Russian sources, though,speculated that the two sides may also discuss differences between Moscowand Belgrade over Russian gas deliveries to Yugoslavia. (Russian agencies,June 11) In Brussels, meanwhile, also yesterday, British Defense SecretaryGeorge Robertson allowed that Milosevic’s visit to Moscow could affect thetiming of the NATO air exercises expected to take place early next week. Hedid not elaborate, however. (Reuter, June 11)
In Moscow, Foreign Ministry officials yesterday continued to voice bothRussian opposition to NATO military actions in Yugoslavia and its insistencethat any use of force must first receive approval by the UN SecurityCouncil. At the same time, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said thatMoscow does favor the creation of “an effective monitoring system on theborder between Albania and Kosovo, and possibly of adapting the mandate ofthe UN force in Macedonia with the aim of using it for observing the borderbetween that republic and Kosovo.” The spokesman suggested that anyoperations undertaken on the territory of Albania should conform to thepractices of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. (Russian agencies, June 11)
MISSILE COMPLEXES FOR CYPRUS READY TO GO.