Denver, 20 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A Kremlin spokesman said today that Russia will send a representative to the NATO summit next month in Madrid.
Itar-tass quotes Sergei Yastrzhembsky as saying that Moscow's representative will not be on the level of a government minister. Yastrzhembsky was speaking in the U.S. coty of Denver, where he is accompanying Russian President Boris Yeltsin at the summit of the world's leading industrialized nations.
Yesterday, Yastrzhembsky said Yeltsin himself will not attend the Madrid summit at which NATO is expected to invite several Eastern European nations to join.
Russia and NATO signed at the end of May an accord on future relations, but Moscow remains opposed to NATO expansion.
Yastrzhembsky also said that "neither the first wave nor the second wave of NATO expansion" will be discussed in Denver.