08/25/1998 14:56:31 Clinton, Yeltsin confer by telephone
EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Bill
Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin spoke by telephone
on Tuesday, the first conversation between the two leaders
since Yeltsin fired his government on Sunday, a White House
Details of the conversation were not immediately available,
the official told Reuters.
Details were expected to be provided during a briefing to
reporters covering the president on vacation at Martha's
Vineyard, the official said. The briefing was to begin at about
11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).
Yeltsin on Sunday fired his entire government including
Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, who was appointed just five
months earlier in an attempt to pick up the pace of economic
reform. Viktor Chernomyrdin, who was fired in March, was
designated Kiriyenko's successor.
Vice President Al Gore spoke with both Kiriyenko and
Chernomyrdin on Sunday, stressing that Russia needed to take
urgent steps to reform its economy.
The White House has said earlier a Moscow summit between
Yeltsin and Clinton next week would go ahead as planned.