Yeltsin sees NATO deal with Clinton, says now fit
February 23, 1997
Web posted at: 11:25 a.m. EST (1625 GMT)
MOSCOW (CNN) -- President Boris Yeltsin, declaring
himself well on the road to recovery after heart surgery and pneumonia, reaffirmed his opposition to NATO's expansion plans and said he expected U.S. President Bill Clinton to compromise at a summit in Helsinki next month.
"We are firm in our position. We are opposed to NATO
enlargement," Yeltsin said after a short ceremony marking Russia's Defenders of the Fatherland Day. "We have agreed to look for a compromise and I think we will find this compromise at the summit."
On Friday, Yeltsin, 66, discussed plans for the summit with
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who said she
made "important progress" but much work was still needed.
Journalists who spoke to Yeltsin said the president was
bright and alert and appeared fitter than he has in recent weeks.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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