Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 56

This week’s summit meeting between the French and Russian presidents and the German chancellor will be held in Moscow rather than Yekaterinburg as originally planned. Announcing the change last week, President Yeltsin’s spokesman said the decision was taken on the advice of Yeltsin’s doctors. He insisted that Yeltsin would be fit enough to attend the March 26 summit. Duma speaker Gennady Seleznev reacted to the news by suggesting that an age limit of sixty-five should be introduced for the president. Yeltsin’s health was not improving, he said, and "many events are being postponed because of that." (Russian agencies, March 20) In light of today’s news, however, it seems likely the decision was taken to enable Yeltsin to remain in Moscow during the crucial period in which a new government is being formed.

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