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Russia: Yeltsin, Chirac Satisfied With Talks

Moscow, 26 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and French President Jacques Chirac, emerging from two hours of talks today, expressed satisfaction with the results of their wide-ranging Kremlin discussions.

Yeltsin, speaking to reporters, gave highest ranking to Chirac's visit and said Russia and France enjoyed special, "privileged" relations in all spheres. Chirac said as far as international problems go, there was no divergence between the Russian and French point of views.

The two presidents also agreed to double bilateral trade in the next two years.

No documents were signed as a result of the talks, but a number of joint statements were issued. In thinly veiled criticism at Israel, Yeltsin and Chirac expressed their disappointment at the latest Mideast crisist. They also expressed concern over the situation in Bosnia and, in another statement, satisfaction with the work of the OSCE group of mediators on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.