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Russia: Yeltsin Will Not Make A Speedy Return To the Kremlin

Moscow, 11 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin's spokesman says no-one should expect Yeltsin to make a speedy return to the Kremlin any time soon.

Sergei Yasterzhembsky told reporters today that Yeltsin would need more time to recover from his recent bout of pneumonia and heart surgery last November. He did not indicate any complications preventing the President's eventual return to work. He said the president is slowly regaining his strength and becoming more physically active.

Yasterzhembsky has in the past reassured the public that Yeltsin is making a steady recovery and would return to work soon.

Yasterzhembsky also said Yeltsin met today with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin at his country residence outside Moscow. He said Chernomyrdin briefed the president on his recent trip to the United States, where he met U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. He also informed him about preparation for a Clinton-Yeltsin summit, scheduled to take place in Helsinki next month.