German defense minister Volker Ruehe declared in Romania April 12 that Bonn remains committed to NATO’s eastward expansion. "We have a duty toward Europe which is to share our welfare and stability," he said. (Reuter, April 12) On the same day German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel said in Karlsruhe that support for Russia is still a cornerstone of German foreign policy and that one of Bonn’s tasks is to help Russia become a democratically oriented international partner. (Itar-Tass, April 12)
Rossel’s Bloc Likely Winner in Regional Legislative Election.