MANAGING THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION

A U.S. RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGE FACING TWO SECOND-TERM PRESIDENTS

Recovering from heart surgery, President Boris Yeltsin last week sent an upbeat, forward-looking letter to President Clinton. Its premise: the U.S. needs a strong Russia as a partner in the 21st century. We agree: we have a clear-cut national interest in the continuing transformation of Russia into a democratic, stable, secure, prosperous state, at peace with its neighbors, fully integrated into the global economy. That process will take a generation or more, and it will require steady support from the international community, led by the U.S.

In the five years since the tricolor flag of Russia replaced the hammer and sickle...

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