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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Leaves for Athens

President Boris Yeltsin left Moscow for Athens on Tuesday, after hearing from President Bill Clinton that the U. S. leader expects next month's summit of major industrial powers to produce a "solid package of assistance" for Russia.


Clinton discussed the summit with Yeltsin during a 30-minute telephone conversation late Monday night. The Russian president is due to meet leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations in Tokyo after their July 7-9 economic summit.


"President Clinton described G-7 efforts to develop a program to support the process of democratic reform and development of free markets in Russia and said the United States expects the G-7 to move forward with a solid package of assistance", the White House said in a statement.


Yeltsin's two-day visit to Greece, the first by a Russian head of state since the Bolshevik Revolution, is intended to revive relations between the two countries, which lapsed during the Communist era.


Russia and Greece have historical ties that stretch back hundreds of years, and both countries share the Orthodox Christian religion.


Yeltsin is scheduled to squeeze in some sightseeing and will tour the ruins of the Acropolis in Athens before embarking on an Aegean cruise.


During his visit, the president is expected to sign a military pact and an agreement on cultural exchanges, said Maria Tsantsanoglu, a spokeswoman for the Greek Embassy in Moscow.


Around 10 documents on economic cooperation are also due to be signed, according to Anatoly Krasikov, a presidential spokesman. Trade turnover between the two countries increased by 20 percent last year to $330 million, he said.


Yeltsin is due to meet with Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, President Constantine Caramanlis, and the leader of the opposition Socialist Party Andreas Papandreous, Tsantsanoglu said.