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Yeltsin Ill With Viral Infection

November 25, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian President Boris Yeltsin is ill with a viral infection, the Interfax news agency reported today.

The brief Interfax report cited unidentified sources in Moscow as saying the president was still at his residence outside the city, but that he might be hospitalized soon.

The Kremlin press office declined to comment on the report, and no additional details were immediately available.

Yeltsin, 68, has been ill repeatedly during his second term in office and rarely manages a full day of work in his Kremlin office.

The president did meet in the Kremlin today with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and top security officials before word of his illness was reported.

Yeltsin has insisted that he will serve out his second term, which runs until the middle of next year.

Putin has been handling day-to-day affairs in Yeltsin’s absence.