Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 111

Russia’s Foreign Ministry officially expressed its disappointment yesterday over China’s June 8 underground nuclear test. A ministry spokesman said that Boris Yeltsin had urged Chinese leaders during an April visit to Beijing not to undertake any actions that might endanger the Geneva international talks on a Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He added that Moscow also viewed the test negatively because it "created an encouraging environment for the open and secret opponents of a rapid and successful conclusion to the Geneva negotiations." The official nevertheless expressed Moscow’s pleasure at Beijing’s announcement that it would observe a moratorium on testing come September, after conducting one more blast. He suggested that Yeltsin had influenced the Chinese decision. (Reuter, Interfax, June 11)

Far Eastern Oil Project Launched.