Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 227

Several leading Swedish newspapers have apparently raised questions about Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s fitness for office in the wake of a 3-day visit filled with diplomatic blunders and dubious public statements by Yeltsin on key security issues. The criticism follows Yeltsin’s departure from Stockholm yesterday. One conservative Swedish daily spoke of Yeltsin’s "confused nonsense on international issues" and said that the Russian president "carries himself in just the same stiff and drug-induced way that we got used to seeing from Soviet leaders in days long gone." Another newspaper said that Yeltsin, who arrived in Stockholm on December 2, "was judged by the people he met as a man who is not well." (Reuter, December 4)

Russian and NATO Defense Chiefs Meet in Brussels.