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Russia: Yeltsin, Chernomyrdin Discuss Military Reform, Social Issues

Volzhsky Utes, Russia, 1 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin met Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin today for talks that focused on military reform and social issues.

The two told journalists afterwards that talks had focused on paying off wage and pension arrears as well as the pace of military reform. Regarding military reform, Yeltsin said it was proceeding on course. Yeltsin recently called for a 500,000 personnel cut in Russian armed forces by the end of next year. It is part of an effort to create a smaller more effective fighting force.

Meanwhile, Yeltsin said he would end his present vacation in the Volga region and return to Moscow next Tuesday.