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Russia: Chernomyrdin Stops In Ireland

Moscow, 5 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin today made a stopover at Ireland's Shannon airport on his way to the United States, where he will attend a two-day meeting of the Russian-US Economic and technological cooperation committee.

At Shannon airport, Chernomyrdin scheduled a brief meeting with Irish Prime Minister John Bruton. Russian news agencies say the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations as well as cooperation between Russia and the European Union, of which Ireland is currently co-chaiman.

Main point on Chernomyrdin's Washington agenda will be his talks with U.S. vice president Al Gore on NATO's planned expansion to the East. Chernomyrdin and Gore will also discuss strategic arms control and security in Europe.

On Friday, Chernomyrdin is scheduled to meet U.S. President Bill Clinton in preparation for Clinton's March summit with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin.