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Russia: Minister Wants U.S. Trade Restrictions Eased

Moscow, 19 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin said today that easing of trade restictions on Russian exports will be a central theme in his upcoming talks with United States' Vice President Al Gore.

A U.S.-Russian panel, known also as the Gore-Chernomyrdin commission, meets in Moscow on Monday for talks on economic cooperation.

Chernomyrdin, in an interview with Itar-tass on the eve of the talks, admitted that not everything had been done to create the legal climate favourable to foreign investment in Russia and pledged to continue work toward that goal. Chernomyrdin however also said Russia is unhappy with the fact it had not been granted most-favoured-nation status and will push for the repeal of the U.S. Jackson-Vanik amendment, which ties trade preferences to Russian immigration policy.