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Russia: Yeltsin Leaves For 'Summit Of the Eight'

Moscow, 19 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin left Moscow today for the western U.S. city of Denver to attend the so-called "Summit of the Eight".

The summit will bring together Yeltsin and the leaders of the G7 Group of most industrialized nations, which include Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky has said that in Denver, Yeltsin will be on an equal footing with the other leaders. Itar-tass quotes Yastrzhembsky as saying that Russia will put forward proposals concerning, among other things, global energy problems and cooperation in environmental protection and seismic forecasting.

Yeltsin will return to Moscow on Monday.