Diplomacy Is the West Losing Russia?

More than food and financial aid is needed. The reformers must feel that the world is at their side in the struggle for democracy.

Walking across the White House lawn to his helicopter last week, George Bush paused to tell reporters that his first formal summit meeting with Russian President Boris Yeltsin will take place in Washington on June 16 and 17. As Bush flew off to make a campaign speech in Illinois, briefers quickly ^ explained that the Yeltsin talks would center on nuclear arms control, not on economic aid for Russia, and that no new offers of help were likely. "We've given him about everything we can," said a White House official.

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