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Russia: Government Leaders Reach Agreement On Crisis Issues

Moscow, 20 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin has completed conciliation talks with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and the chairmen of Russia's two houses of parliament. Yeltsin made no immediate comment after the talks. But Chernomyrdin said that an agreement had been reached on all issues.

Yegor Stroyev, chairman of the Federation Council, said that if today's agreements are carried out, a proposed no-confidence vote in Chernomyrdin's government would not take place as scheduled on Wednesday. Details of the agreements were not immediately available.

The Duma's Communist speaker, Gennady Seleznyov, described today's talks as "quiet and calm." He said there had been agreement that the work of the conciliation committee will continue, and that Yeltsin will meet with the Duma's party leaders tomorrow morning.

The Interfax news agency reports that lawmakers will consider tomorrow whether to pursue the no-confidence vote.

Today's talks were meant to avert the no-confidence vote, which was initiated by Communist deputies in the State Duma over the cabinet's economic restructuring program. The so-called "Meeting of the Four" talks also were expected to address the government's draft 1998 budget and a land reform bill, both of which are opposed by a majority of deputies in the Duma.