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Russia: Yeltsin In Stable Condition

Moscow, 13 January 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who is in the hospital with pneumonia, spoke with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin by telephone today.

The president's press service said the two decided that the upcoming summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will take place in Moscow as scheduled on Friday. It said the meeting will be chaired by Chernomyrdin.

The press service said the two also discussed Russia's economic performance in 1996 and measures to combat crime.

Earlier today, presidential spokesman Sergei Yasterzhembsky told reporters that Yeltsin remains in stable condition at Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital. But he denied reports that the president would be released from the hospital in the next day or two.

Yeltsin was hospitalized last Wednesday suffering from pneumonia in both lungs. His return to the hospital came two months after he underwent multiple bypass surgery and just two weeks after returning to work in the Kremlin.