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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canadian Premier Arrives in Moscow

Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney arrived in Moscow on Thursday for a three-day visit to press Russian leaders into throwing their weight behind the Vance-Owen peace plan for the former Yugoslavia.

"We are hoping that the Russians will use their influence to get Serbians to sign on to the Vance-Owen peace plan", said an embassy official. The self-styled Bosnian Serb parliament had earlier in the day rejected the plan signed by their leader Radovan Karadzic last weekend in Athens.

Mulroney has a vested interest in the issue as Canada's 2, 400 peacekeeping troops stationed in Croatia and Bosnia are among the largest representation.

His wife, Mila, who is accompanying him on the trip, was born in Sarajevo and is Serbian.

Mulroney, who hosted the recent summit between the U. S. and Russian presidents, will also discuss financial assistance. Canada has supplied Russia with 2 billion Canadian dollar's worth of grain credits, industrial goods and equipment, medical supplies and aid.

Among the Group of Seven leading industrial nations, Canada is second only to Germany in terms of the amount of financial aid it has supplied to Russia over the last two years.