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Former Yugoslavia: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Visits


Belgrade, 20 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is scheduled to hold talks with Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic in Banja Luka today.

Ivanov arrived in Belgrade yesterday on the first leg of a trip that will also include stops in Croatia and Slovenia.

Ivanov told his Serbian hosts yesterday that rump Yugoslavia's membership in international institutions must be restored. He also noted that Russia is Belgrade's largest trading partner.

In addition to talks with government officials, Ivanov met Serbian opposition leaders Vuk Draskovic, Vesna Pesic and Zoran Djindjic. The three left Belgrade today for a three-day visit to Moscow. Ivanov said Russia supported the democratization process in Serbia, but he also said that as far as Moscow is concerned it is an "internal affair."
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