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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gore Lands In Moscow For Talks

U.S. Vice President Al Gore arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for economic talks with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, the first high-level meeting between the two countries since their recent public disagreements over NATO expansion and Bosnia.


Both countries are anxious to smooth over their differences, which came to the fore at last month's summit of the Conference on European Security and Cooperation in Budapest, at which Russia expressed strong objections to plans to speed up the entry of former Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe to the North Atlantic alliance.


Moscow has also been sharply critical of U.S. plans to lift the international arms embargo against the Bosnian government.


Both issues are expected to be raised during the visit, the official aim of which is to conduct the fourth session of the Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation, which is headed by Gore and Chernomyrdin.


"Our delegation is ready for good, hard work," Gore said on arrival at Vnukovo airport. Gore ignored reporters questions about the escalation of Russia's conflict with the breakaway republic of Chechnya. But in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher reiterated his earlier statements that this was a Russian internal affair, The Associated Press reported.


U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry is scheduled to join Gore on Thursday for talks with Russian officials.