News



DATE=5/13/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232136
TITLE=RUSSIA/INDIA SANCTIONS  (S ONLY)
  BYLINE=PETER HEINLEIN
DATELINE=MOSCOW
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  RUSSIA WEDNESDAY HAS MADE CLEAR IT WILL  NOT  FOLLOW THE 
UNITED STATES IN IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON INDIA.  FOR DETAILS, 
HERE'S V-O-A MOSCOW CORRESPONDENT PETER HEINLEIN. 

TEXT:  A SENIOR RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL WEDNESDAY 
EXPRESSED ALARM AT THE NUCLEAR TESTS. THE ITAR-TASS NEWS AGENCY 
QUOTED RASHIT KHAMIDULIN, HEAD OF THE MINISTRY'S SOUTH ASIA 
DEPARTMENT, AS SAYING IT IS REGRETTABLE INDIA FAILED TO LISTEN TO
PLEAS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

BUT IN SEPARATE COMMENTS, FOREIGN MINISTER YEVGENY PRIMAKOV SAID 
MOSCOW HAS  NO  PLAN TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON ITS LONG-TIME ALLY.

         ///PRIMAKOV ACT IN RUSSIAN, THEN FADE TO...///

HE SAID, "I AM  NOT  A SUPPORTER OF SANCTIONS. WE ARE CAUTIOUS 
ABOUT SUCH MEASURES. THEY CAN SOMETIMES BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE."

MR. PRIMAKOV'S COMMENTS ECHOED PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN'S MILD  
REACTION TO THE INDIAN TESTS.  DURING A FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH  
TUESDAY, THE RUSSIAN LEADER SAID SIMPLY "INDIA LET US DOWN WITH  
ITS EXPLOSION."  HE SAID THE WORLD'S RESPONSE SHOULD BE LIMITED 
TO DIPLOMATIC MEASURES. (SIGNED)

NEB/PFH/PCF

13-May-98 9:10 AM EDT (1310 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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