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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Says Moscow, Paris Still Close




France's role in NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia damaged relations with Russia, but ties between Moscow and Paris remain close, President Boris Yeltsin told French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on Friday.


"I'm glad to meet with a leader of the country with which we have privileged relations,'' Yeltsin told Jospin before their Kremlin talks. "We often meet and have telephone conversations with French President Jacques Chirac, we coordinate our diplomatic moves, economic policy and political relations.''


Presidential foreign affairs aide Sergei Prikhodko, who took part in the closed-door talks, said Yeltsin and Jospin mostly discussed the Kosovo crisis and the need to mend relations after the airstrikes, Interfax reported.


Jospin also held talks Friday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Stepashin about Kosovo and the prospects for restoring peace and reviving the economy in Yugoslavia.