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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Premier Reassures On Army Control

In an apparent attempt to counteract any confusion over who issued the order to send Russian peacekeepers into Kosovo, Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin assured the press Tuesday that the Kremlin has tight control over the armed forces.

Stepashin issued the statement after meeting with President Boris Yeltsin, when the two leaders discussed the future of Russia's peacekeeping role in the Balkans.

"The main point upon which we agreed is that all work in regard to Kosovo should be coordinated," Stepashin said, adding that "the leading role belongs to the Foreign Ministry."

"Today a new formula has begun which synchronizes the actions of the Foreign Ministry, the military and the government, with a follow-up report to the president," Stepashin said.

Stepashin also indicated that Russia would step up its efforts to reach an agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization over the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Kosovo.