Russia proceeds from the principle of indivisibility of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

All Russia's moves with regard to Yugoslavia proceed from the principle of indivisibility of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, said Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Wednesday, opening a meeting with Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic in Government House. The premier noted that the observance of this principle and also of the UN resolution are "fundamental" to relations with Yugoslavia. According to Kasyanov, Russia is following closely the changes which the Yugoslav leadership is effecting to stabilise the political, social and economic situation, RIA Novosti announces. "We are making every effort to help you in your work," the Russian premier added. He recalled that Russia resumed gas supplies to Yugoslavia in an agreed volume. Kasyanov thinks "this is a key element of economic and humanitarian support for the population of Yugoslavia". The Russian head of government promised to analyse the problem of Yugoslavia's debts for previous gas deliveries and also noted that Russia is prepared to help with restoration of economic facilities destroyed in NATO's aggression. "This is important for rehabilitating industry and ensuring a normal life for the people of Yugoslavia," Kasyanov stressed. At the moment a group of Russian economists is completing work with the Yugoslav government on a programme to stabilise the social and economic situation in the country. The Russian premier assured the Yugoslav side that Russia is prepared not only to share its experience of drawing up such programmes, but also to help implement them.

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