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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kozyrev: Summit Will Be in Canada

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev of Russia said Tuesday a planned April summit between President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin would not be shifted to Moscow.


"No changes", Kozyrev told reporters when asked about a shift in venue for the April 3-4 summit from Vancouver, Canada, to the Russian capital that had been suggested earlier by Deputy Prime Minister Boris Fyodorov.


"We have agreed upon an agenda and a place for this meeting and we are concentrating not on revision of all this but on preparing good stage for presidents to have productive summit", he said.


Kozyrev spoke to reporters after completing several hours of talks with U. S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who escorted the Russian minister out of the State Department to his car.


Christopher said the two ministers had substantial discussions in preparation for the summit about a long list of issues, which he did not detail.


"What we are looking for at the summit is tangible practical measures revealing partnership and co-operation between our two countries", Christopher added. Kozyrev is to meet Clinton at the White House on Wednesday.


Earlier, Clinton had said that he had received no formal indication that Yeltsin wanted their scheduled April 3-4 summit moved from Vancouver to Moscow and he was working on the assumption the summit would proceed as planned, in Canada, Reuters reported.


Clinton also issued a strong endorsement of Yeltsin "and all reformers throughout Russia" and said the Russian president's move to force a referendum on political rule was an appropriate step.


"Boris Yeltsin is the elected political leader of Russia and he has shown a great deal of courage in sticking up for democracy and civil liberties and market reform and I'm going to support that", Clinton said.


Earlier Tuesday Fyodorov had said the Yeltsin-Clinton summit next month should be moved to Russia from Canada.


"We would prefer this meeting to take place in Moscow", Fyodorov told journalists.


"This would be a symbol of support for our country".