Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 121

Russia’s Foreign Ministry took an outwardly accommodating stance toward the G-7 yesterday, suggesting that Moscow was happy with its current links to the group and would not push to be included in discussions that were not of vital interest to it. A ministry spokesman, who announced that Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov would accompany Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin to the June 28-29 summit in Lyon, added that Russia views the G-7 as "one of the important instruments for resolving international problems." But the spokesman also suggested that Moscow would lobby G-7 leaders for their support in winning Russia’s admittance into other international financial organizations and that Primakov would push for consideration of Russian proposals on the subject of European security. (Interfax, June 25)

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