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11/17/1998

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Schroder Takes Up Post-Yeltsin Stance

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, who arrived in Moscow for a state visit Monday, gave the strongest signal yet that Russia's foreign partners no longer view the ailing President Boris Yeltsin as an indispensible part of relations with Moscow. Schroder, on his first trip to Russia since his Social Democratic Party was elected to government in September, said he ""would be glad to meet with Yeltsin, but we would like to develop our relations in a way that is less dependent on particular personalities."" Underlining the point, Schroder plans to break with protocol and meet with opposition leaders during his two-day visit, including several contenders for the Russian presidency. Yeltsin, who has been recovering from what the Kremlin has described as nervous exhaustion, is scheduled to hold talks with Schroder on Tuesday and host a luncheon in honor of the German leader. But Schroder's comments Monday seemed to cast doubt on whether Yeltsin would make an appearance at all.

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