March 23, 1997 in Nation/World

Yeltsin Says Russia Interested In Eu

Associated Press

Russian President Boris Yeltsin said Saturday that Russia is interested in joining the European Union, the Western European bloc that is working toward greater economic and political integration of Europe.

“Russia is striving to be recognized as a full-fledged European nation,” Yeltsin said. “We also are prepared to join the European Union.”

Last year, Russia became a member of the Council of Europe, the leading European human rights organization, and is expected to join the Group of Seven top industrialized nations at a summit later this year.

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