Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 168

President Boris Yeltsin’s chief spokesman, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, yesterday contradicted the president by stating that the question of freeing Russian ORT correspondent Pavel Sheremet from a Belarusan jail is a proper matter for Russian-Belarusan discussions and will "not [be] removed from the agenda until Sheremet is released." Moreover, the matter "should be resolved in the interest of preserving the Russia-Belarus Union," he said. Yeltsin, however, has stated twice over the past two weeks that the matter is "removed from the [bilateral] a

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