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In Russia: A Few Goals For Clinton

Dear President-elect Bill Clinton, Congratulations on your impressive victory over George Bush. Granted, you were elected to tackle domestic American problems, but as the chief executive of the world's most powerful nation, you will still be required to bone up on Russia. As a goal-oriented person yourself, perhaps you would appreciate a few suggested goals for your first year in office. Set a date for a Moscow summit. Come and take a look around; Russia has changed a lot since you were here two years ago, and even more since your trip in 1969. A face-to-face meeting with President Boris Yeltsin early on in your presidency would: 1) Settle uneasiness here that goes with a change in U. S. leadership; 2) Add prestige to Yeltsin's besieged but friendly government, and 3) Lay the groundwork of personal contact. Forget about Mikhail Gorbachev. It's time that someone in the White House realized that Russia's most famous private citizen speaks for few in Russia.

New Indian Ambassador Takes Up Moscow Post

Ronen Sen has come a long way since his first Moscow posting as a novice diplomat in the political section in 1968. This month, Sen arrived in Moscow to take up his new position as India's ambassador to Russia. The 48-year-old envoy also served here as minister counselor of the political section from 1981 to 1984. Sen's impressive credentials as a career diplomat and foreign policy advisor under five Indian presidents should help him attain his country's goal of promoting vigorous commerce with Russia. Sen, who served as ambassador to Mexico until September, hopes to capitalize on his experience in Russia and the historically close alliance between the former Soviet Union and India. Whereas India welcomes the emerging democracy here, Sen said that economic reforms in Russia and India have affected the two nation's economic links. In the days of the command economy, prescribed quantities of specific products were exported and - imported between Russia and India.
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