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Parliament Decision To Annul Dissolution of USSR Watered Down

Moscow, April 10 (RFE/RL) - The Russian Parliament today approved a new motion watering down its recent denunciation of the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.

Deputies of the State Duma approved a resolution saying last month's decision to annul the pact dissolving the USSR represented solely "a political stance."

It said this did not affect international obligations of Russia, the legal successor to the Soviet Union. The renewed debate on the December 1991 pact dissolving the USSR came in response to pressure from President Boris Yeltsin and the upper house of parliament.

The debate over the restoration of the Soviet Union has intensified in the run-up to the June presidential elections in Russia.