Clinton, Yeltsin pledge to minimize NATO problems
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 11:31:54 PST (Reuters)

HELSINKI, Finland (Reuter) - Presidents Clinton and Boris Yeltsin promised Friday to try to avoid problems caused by disagreements over NATO enlargement by boosting ties between the alliance and Moscow. They reached an understanding that ``once START-2 enters into force, the U.S. and Russia will immediately begin negotiations on a START-3 agreement'' that will bring their nuclear arsenals to a level of 2,000-2,500 strategic warheads per side by the end of 2007.

``Today, after three years of negotiations, we agreed to preserve the (1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile) ABM treaty, while giving each of us the ability to develop defenses against theater missiles,'' Clinton said.

U.S. official sees progress but no NATO deal
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 10:01:39 PST

HELSINKI, Finland (Reuter) - The United States and Russia made ``progress on all fronts'' at the Helsinki summit Friday but agreed to disagree about NATO enlargement.

Yeltsin firm on NATO enlargement-Russian spokesman
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 7:51:54 PST

HELSINKI, March 21 (Reuter) - President Boris Yeltsin stood firm on opposition to NATO expansion in talks with U.S. President Bill Clinton but they moved closer to a deal on better ties between Moscow and the alliance, Russia said on Friday. Asked if Yeltsin had altered his position on NATO plans to take in former Soviet bloc states at their first session of summit talks, Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky told reporters: ``He did not change it even in nuance.''

U.S., Russia agree on targets for WTO, Paris Club
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 11:12:24 PST

HELSINKI, March 21 (Reuter) - The United States and Russia agreed on Friday to set 1997 as a target for Russia to join the Paris Club and 1998 for Russian membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Russia would remain excluded from core economic discussions at G7 meetings. The agreement appeared to fall short of Moscow's demand to be given full membership in the group.

Investment plan for Russia on table at Helsinki talks
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 10:01:39 PST

HELSINKI, March 21 (Reuter) - Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton discussed a comprehensive plan to boost U.S. investment in Russia on Friday and Moscow pressed Washington for membership of the developed world's economic clubs.

Communist chief raps Yeltsin's Helsinki diplomacy
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 7:11:48 PST

MOSCOW, March 21 (Reuter) - Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov blasted Boris Yeltsin's foreign policy on Friday, saying the president was incapable of defending Moscow's interests at his summit talks with U.S. President Bill Clinton. ``Boris Nikolayevich (Yeltsin) has not had any victories for a long time, except over his own people and country,'' Zyuganov told reporters in the State Duma lower house of parliament.