Diplomacy: Boris Makes A Comeback

Freshly elected and sober, Yeltsin wows Washington

Two years ago, he wandered through Washington as an opposition rebel, unsure of himself and trailing stories of drunkenness, to be dismissed as a political lightweight by George Bush. Back in the U.S. last week as the elected president of Russia, a sober Boris Yeltsin took the capital by storm, impressing Congress and many Americans -- if not quite Bush himself. "He used to be a loose cannon," said Senator Robert Dole, the minority leader. "Now he's a big gun." Said Bush: "Let's not forget that it was President Gorbachev's policies" that ended the cold war.

Yeltsin came as a guest...

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