THROWING THE RUSSIANS A BONE

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Peace talks set to begin October 31 in Dayton will be put off for a day so that the presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia can meet in Moscow with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. The move is designed to quiet Yeltsin's critics in the Russian parliament who say that Russia, despite having a historical connection to the Serbs and being a member of the Contact Group, has been left out of peace negotiations. "The Contact Group is Britain, France, Germany, the U.S., all NATO members, and Russia," notes TIME's Bruce Nelan, "so what it looks like to the Russians is as if the negotiations are divided between NATO and them." Another reason for the meeting, Nelan notes, is that the three Balkan presidents want to deal with a united Contact Group during peace talks. "The last thing they want is that distraction during negotiations."