A spokesman announced on September 19 that Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov will soon pay an official visit to the Middle East. No specific dates were given. The announcement followed talks in Moscow between Primakov and a top Palestinian official. (Russian agencies, September 19) In an interview published on September 21, Primakov suggested that his talks in New York with U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright could lead to a greater role for Russia in the Middle East. (The Washington Post, September 21)
Aids in the Russian Military.