Kozyrev Says Showdown in Moscow Will be Resolved ‘Without Force’ With PM-Russia-Politics
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Victor Kozyrev said today the showdown with rebels in the parliament building in Moscow will be resolved ″without using force.″
Kozyrev offered the new assurances of restraint after a 90-minute meeting with Secretary of State Warren Christopher to discuss the crisis in Russia and other issues. Christopher said he told Kozyrev the United States would be concerned if there was violence at the parliament in Moscow, but there was no evidence of it so far.
″The foreign minister reiterated their intention to deal with the situation peacefully and in a democratic way,″ Christopher said of his talks with Kozyrev.
″There is no intention to use force,″ Kozyrev said at the joint news conference at the Russian mission to the United Nations.
Kozyrev added, ″It is our own affair and we will deal with it without using force.″
In Moscow, forces loyal to President Boris Yeltsin have formed a cordon around the headquarters of the hostile legislature, where defiant critics of the government’s economic and political reform program have vowed to hold out despite shortages of food and an energy cutoff.
On another subject, Kozyrev lined Russia up with the Clinton administration in its call for a streamlining of U.N. peacekeeping operations. He said they had agreed to set up an ″effective mechanism″ to see how to deal with the kind of conflict that is tearing apart Georgia, the former Soviet republic.
Christopher meets later in the day with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Prince Saud, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia and with Prime Minister Robert Malval of Haiti.