The first official visit by the president of Russia to France (Boris Yeltsin held this post at that time) took place on February 5-7, 1992. A large package of documents was signed, among them a protocol on economic and financial questions envisaging the extension of credits to Russia for purchasing foodstuffs, machines and equipment to a total of 5.8 billion francs.
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Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience