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Eastern Europe: US Senator Biden To Discuss NATO

Warsaw, 25 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Influential U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) visits Poland today for talks expected to focus on NATO enlargement and other security issues. Biden is a leader of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee. He meets Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, and other top officials.

In Moscow yesterday, Biden met Russia's Security Council Secretary Ivan Rybkin to discuss bi-lateral relations and security issues, in the aftermath of the Helsinki Summit. Rybkin noted Moscow's continued opposition to NATO enlargement, but also spoke of deeper cooperation.

Biden said the majority of Americans do not consider Russia as a threat to their security, and called for strengthening Russia-U.S. relations in various fields. He said Americans are interested in having a strong, powerful and energetic Russia as their partner.

Biden tomorrow visits the Prague headquarters of RFE/RL.