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Yeltsin’s Illness Cancels Summit

March 17, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ President Boris Yeltsin’s latest illness has forced the cancellation of a summit this week of the leaders of the former Soviet republics, officials announced today.

Yeltsin remains ``partially bed-ridden″ and was receiving treatment from doctors at his suburban residence, Gorky-9, west of Moscow, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported, citing the Kremlin’s press service.

The 67-year-old president has been suffering from an ``acute respiratory infection″ since last week, according to Yeltsin’s office. He had a hoarse voice, but had been expected to maintain his regular schedule this week.

The Kremlin report said Yeltsin’s planned events have been canceled, including Thursday’s summit for leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The report gave no new information on Yeltsin’s health. But the postponement of the summit suggested the president was not recovering as quickly as had been previously reported.

Yeltsin has suffered a series of health problems in recent years.

He had heart bypass surgery in November 1996, and two months later he came down with pneumonia. The president also was hospitalized with a bad cold for two weeks in December.

Yeltsin has resumed a busy schedule after each bout of illness and has made clear his intention to serve out his term, which runs until 2000.

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