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Russia / Kiriyenko Nomination / Sestanovich Interview #423836

CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 24, 1998
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jill Dougherty) Russian Parliament approval of Sergei Kiriyenko as Prime Minister announced; scenes shown in Moscow of Parliament meeting and of Russian President Boris Yeltsin congratulating Kiriyenko. [YELTSIN (thru translator) - says he passed his examinations and praises Kiriyenko as a fighter.] Continued attacks on Kiriyenko due to his age and experience reported. [Communist Party leader Gennady ZYUGANOV - doesn't see any reason for celebration.] [KIRIYENKO - says that Russians doesn't need a great upheaval; they need a great Russia.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) President Clinton's support of Kiriyenko's appointment reported. [CLINTON - hopes that now the Duma can be freed up to work on bilateral arms treaty.] Planned meeting of Vice President Al Gore and Kiriyenko reported. Interview held with United States Ambassador-at-Large Stephen Sestanovich. [SESTANOVICH - describes Kiriyenko as a reformer and an effective worker; explains what he thinks Kiriyenko needs to do in his position; believes Yeltsin is stronger after Kiriyenko's nomination; says that business interests do have a strong influence on Russian politics.]

Dougherty, Jill;
Woodruff, Judy

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