Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev described Yeltsin’s reelection as "the victory of forward-looking forces… presaging "Russia’s transformations into a fully democratic country." Aliyev said that Boris Yeltsin is the political leader "needed for the continuation of reforms." (Interfax, July 4 and 5) Aliyev’s seemed the most restrained reaction among his CIS colleagues. The statement as reported did not allude to the contentious issues between Azerbaijan and Russia.
Kazakhstan Urges Russian Consensus.