08/30/1998 13:40:29 G7 leaders feel vital Russia sticks to reform path
LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - G7 leaders feel that it is in all
their interests to ensure that Russia sticks to the path of
reform to get through its present economic crisis, a spokesman
for Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday.
He was commenting after Blair telephoned the leaders of
Germany and Japan to discuss the situation in Russia.
"There is a clear feeling among the G7 leaders that it is in
all our interests to make sure Russia gets through this crisis
and it will best do so by sticking to the reform path," a
spokesman at Blair's London residence said.
Blair, currently a guest of Queen Elizabeth at the royal
family's Balmoral residence in Scotland, touched base by phone
with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Japanese Prime Minister
Keizi Obuchi, as well as Austrian Chancellor Viktor Klima and .
Britain is current chairman of the G7 nations and Blair had
already spoken to President Bill Clinton on Friday when both men
agreed that economic reforms were vital.
Blair said on Friday Russia must move ahead with reforms
designed by international institutions if it is successfully to
overcome its financial crisis.