President Boris Yeltsin met for a second time late Thursday with Yabloko leader and presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky. Both sides were tight-lipped about the content of the discussion but it appears that no definitive agreement has yet been reached. Yavlinsky told Russia’s Independent Television after the meeting that he did not intend to withdraw his candidacy and that Yeltsin had not offered him the post of prime minister. Yavlinsky did, however, divulge that the two men discussed personnel matters — specifically, the positions of incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, First Deputy Premier Oleg Soskovets, and Minister of Defense Pavel Grachev. He did not say what conclusions, if any, had been reached. (NTV, May 16)
Zyuganov Ally Says Communist President Will Retain Some Members of Present Leadership.