Russian president Boris Yeltsin arrived in Germany late yesterday for a two-day visit that includes talks today with Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the town of Baden-Baden. This evening Yeltsin is to be awarded a "man of the year" prize by German media. The visit marks the thirteenth meeting between the two leaders since December of 1992, and their second this year. NATO enlargement and Russian-German trade relations are expected to dominate today’s discussion agenda, and the two men will also undoubtedly discuss the status of World War II "trophy art" — thousands of art treasures taken from Germany by Soviet soldiers at the end of that conflict. As a symbol of the long-time friendship between the two leaders, Yeltsin reportedly carried with him several pieces of art work to return to Kohl. Yeltsin has clashed with the Russian parliament over a bill that would ban the return of the trophy art to Germany. (AP, Reuter, Itar-Tass, April 16; see also Monitor, April 15)
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