08/13/1998 16:12:23 Yeltsin backs govt over financial crisis-Kremlin
MOSCOW, Aug 13 (Reuters) - President Boris Yeltsin discussed
Russia's financial problems with Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko
on Thursday and gave his backing to the government's efforts to
tackle the crisis, the Kremlin said.
A spokesman said the president had underlined the need to
push through measures proposed by the government to protect the
rouble and stabilise financial markets, which slid further in
trading on Thursday.
"President Boris Yeltsin underlined the need to steadfastly
fulfil the plan of action approved by the government by
implementing stabilising laws and decrees," the presidential
press service said.
Yeltsin was speaking from Valdai in northwestern Russia,
where he is on holiday.
Kiriyenko has proposed a series of measures to tackle the
financial crisis. The State Duma, or lower house of parliament,
has approved some of them but has rejected others including
important tax and spending proposals.
Yeltsin has issued decrees to ensure some of the unapproved
measures go into effect, but Kiriyenko wants the Duma to hold an
emergency session next week to approve the remaining moves.