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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stepashin Pays Yeltsin a Visit

President Boris Yeltsin met Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin on Thursday to discuss upcoming parliamentary elections, arms control talks with the United States and government efforts to control rising gasoline prices.

Stepashin, who is scheduled to depart for the United States on Sunday, visited Yeltsin at his Gorki-9 residence west of Moscow. The meeting was their first since Yeltsin started his vacation July 10.

Russian television showed Yeltsin, dressed in a blue shirt, speaking to Stepashin across a small table. The tape didn't contain sound. Yeltsin, 68, has been in and out of the hospital with a variety of health problems in the last few years, but appeared active and relatively fit in recent weeks.

After meeting with Yeltsin, Stepashin said at a Cabinet meeting that he had discussed the government's attempts to rein in gasoline prices and clear up farmers' debts to oil companies. Yeltsin also authorized Stepashin to discuss arms-reduction issues, including the long-delayed START II treaty, during his U.S. visit.

In addition, they discussed the parliamentary elections set for December, Stepashin said. The issue has been a source of concern to the Kremlin, which says it wants the next parliament to be dominated by reformists, not Communists as in the current legislature.