Moscow, March 22 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. Secretary of State
Warren Christopher and Russian President Boris Yeltsin have completed
talks in Moscow. The talks lasted about an hour.
Our correspondent in Moscow says the main issues discussed were
NATO's planned eastward expansion, an upcoming summit on Bosnia, U.S.
President Bill Clinton's planned visit to Moscow in April, and a
nuclear energy summit in Moscow next month. A statement issued by the Kremlin press service says the talks were "businesslike and constructive." But correspondents say it appears the two made little progress in easing Russian objections to NATO's eastward expansion.
Our correspondent says other important issues were left for
discussion between Christopher and Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov
during a working lunch today and a plenary session. Among those
issues are disarmament, international terrorism and the conflicts in
Nagorno-Karabakh and Chechnya.
Christopher is expected to register U.S. opposition to Russia's
nuclear technology and conventional weapon sales to Iran, as well as to discuss the START-II Nuclear Disarmament Treaty and the military campaign to crush the separatist rebellion in the Russian Federation Republic of Chechnya.
Yeltsin had been expected to tell Christopher he was opposed to
NATO's eastward expansion plans -- a message similar to one he gave
visiting NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana yesterday. Yeltsin
regards NATO's planned expansion as a threat to Russia's security and
says that it will sow deep mistrust.