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Russia/NATO: Talks Continue Next Week In Moscow

Luxembourg, 7 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov said today that negotiations with NATO on an agreement for a partnership accord will continue next week in Moscow. Primakov told reporters after a brief official visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg that he expected NATO's Secretary General Javier Solana next Tuesday in Moscow.

Primakov said his yesterday's meeting with Solana was "on the whole fruitful", but that there are still " questions that remain unresolved". He declined to say what specific issues remained to be worked out.

Primakov said that only after next Tuesday's meeting with Solana it will be possible to say whether an accord could be signed in Paris on May 27, as the Kremlin has proposed.

Meanwhile in Moscow, Russian President Boris Yeltsin's spokesman said that "much more effort" was needed on the part of NATO and its members to reach a compromise that would allow Moscow to sign the accord on May 27 as planned.

Sergei Yastrzhembsky also said that if mutually acceptable language is reached, Yeltsin will go to Paris to sign the document, but if not, he said, "we will keep on working".