Aside from announcements related to theKosovo crisis, Russian President Boris Yeltsin used the second and final dayof a two-day Russian-German summit in Bonn yesterday to emphasize hispersonal friendship with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. In turn, the Germanleader, who in the past has taken some heat at home for his strong supportof Yeltsin, praised the tough measures adopted by the Kremlin in recent daysto battle Russia’s financial crisis.
Despite the friendly tones, there were no announcements yesterday–nor wereany expected–of additional Western loans to help stabilize the Russianeconomy. The two sides did, however, sign several additional bilateralagreements. (See yesterday’s Monitor) They included a memorandum oncooperation in higher education and science and an accord on a joint programaimed at combating international crime. During his stay in Bonn Yeltsin alsomet with Gerhard Schroeder, leader of Germany’s social democrats and Kohl’smain rival in parliamentary elections scheduled for the fall. (AP, Reuter,Itar-Tass, June 9)
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