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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chernomyrdin Meets Kohl

Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin met Saturday with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who made a brief stop in Moscow while returning home from Japan.

The two met at Moscow's Vnukovo-2 VIP airport and discussed international developments and bilateral ties, as well as Russian President Boris Yeltsin's planned heart operation.

"We had a good meeting and were able to discuss many current issues of our relations," Chernomyrdin told a joint news conference.

"I'm very glad about this meeting. I'm also very glad that it is Moscow that the German chancellor found a chance to visit," Chernomyrdin added in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.

The meeting was initiated by Kohl, Itar-Tass said.

Kohl told reporters his Moscow stopover was a "natural gesture of respect toward Russia" and that one of the main goals was to express best wishes to his "good friend Boris Yeltsin."

There have been plans for a Yeltsin-Kohl meeting during Kohl's stopover, but doctors have told the 65-year-old president to avoid holding meetings or engaging in work activities as preparations for the surgery entered their final stage.