President Boris Yeltsin told a group of foreign diplomats yesterday that Moscow expects the international community to respect Russia’s "legitimate interests," whether the issue at hand is "Europe’s security structure, support for world trade, or integration of CIS states." Yeltsin described Russia as a link between Europe and Asia, East and West, and said that Moscow’s interests extended to virtually every part of the globe. He added that Russian foreign policy was constantly changing to match changes in the international environment and said its current focus was on "partnership" in the international arena as an "inalienable part of Russia’s own strategy of reform. (2)
French Prime Minister Previews Moscow Agenda.