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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Stays at Rus Preparing For Meetings, Trip to France




President Boris Yeltsin stayed at his country residence Tuesday, considering various bills and preparing for several public events, the Kremlin press service said.


Yeltsin has largely remained out of the public eye in recent months, weakened by a long string of illnesses. He has said little and done even less about the country's economic crisis, its worst since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.


On Tuesday, the press service said Yeltsin was examining a long list of bills, including amendments to the penal code, as well as documents setting rules for foreign economic activities and financial support for families with children.


The president is also preparing for a trip to France, set for the end of the month and several top-level meetings at home. No date has been set yet for a trip to Poland, although that remains on his agenda, the Kremlin said in a statement released to the media.


The French Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that Yeltsin will visit France on Jan. 28 and 29, but ministry spokeswoman Anne Gazeau-Secret provided no details on the visit, which was reported last weekend by Interfax.


It will be his first state visit abroad since almost collapsing in Kazakhstan two months ago. He was rushed back to Moscow and has since canceled several foreign trips because of poor health.


The respiratory problem that cut short the Kazakhstan trip developed into pneumonia, and physical and mental fatigue have dogged him ever since.


Recently, however, the president has made frequent television appearances looking fitter.


Yeltsin will stay at his Rus country residence, about 100 kilometers northwest of Moscow on Wednesday, the presidential press service said. It had no word on the president's schedule for the rest of the week.