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Bulgaria/Russia: Prime Ministers Meet In Moscow

Moscow, 16 April 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin met yesterday his Bulgarian counterpart Stefan Sofiansky, who is on a working visit to Moscow.

Interfax says the two leaders met behind closed door for 90 minutes, before being joined by members of their delegations. Talks are reported to be still under way.

Chernomyrdin and Sofiansky are expected to sign a number of agreements. Russia's first deputy prime Minister Boris Nemtsov said earlier today the two countries have agreed to create a joint free-trade zone. Nemtsov said Sofiansky and Chernomyrdin would sign an official agreement on the issue.

Interfax quoted an unnamed Russian official as saying the two Prime Ministers may also sign an agreement on the development of gas pipelines for the transportation of Russian gas westward through Bulgaria.