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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release April 24, 1998

Statement By Foreign Affairs Spokesman Jonathan Spalter

In a telephone conversation earlier today, Vice President Al Gore congratulated the new Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kiriyenko, on his confirmation by the State Duma, and expressed his commitment to work with the new Russian Prime Minister to enhance the relationship between the governments and citizens of the United States and the Russian Federation.

The Vice President and Prime Minister Kiriyenko also agreed to reestablish the U.S.-Russia Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation. The Commission, which will be co-chaired by the Vice President and Prime Minister Kiriyenko, was formed by Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin in 1993 in order to advance the cause of reform in Russia, and promote cooperation between the two countries in a broad range of economic, technological, and security areas. The Vice President and the Prime Minister agreed to hold their first meeting this summer.