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Clinton, Putin Discuss Yugoslavia

September 30, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton and Russian President Vadimir Putin discussed developments in Yugoslavia by telephone Saturday amid reports that Moscow was ready to try to ease escalating tension over the Balkan nation’s disputed presidential election.

But White House spokesman P.J. Crowley said Putin told Clinton during a 35-minute conversation that a proposal to send Russian Foreign minister Igor Ivanov to Belgrade had been rejected.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, en route to meetings in Europe, said the Russians should accept President Slobodan Milosevic’s apparent defeat in the Sept. 24 elections. The only message Moscow should send to Belgrade, she said, was that the Yugoslav president is ``finished.″

``Both leaders agreed that it is important for Milosevic to respect the will of the Serbian people,″ Crowley said. The call was initiated by Clinton, he said.

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