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01 September, 1998
The ecomonic crisis in Russia is not only a development of a conjunction of circumstances, but also stems from deeper reasons as well, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis said yesterday after talks with visiting French counterpart Lionel Jospin. He added that he and Mr. Jospin were in agreement on all aspects of the current crisis and its international repercussions.
Mr. Simitis said that the European Union should deal in depth with the problem, adding that this will be considered in the forthcoming days. The Greek premier underlined that there was "great concern over the crisis, its length and scope. All necessary data for giving answers are not yet available".
"We have ascertained that the reasons for this development are not only conjunctural but also deeper. There are some structural reasons which we should study in the long term," Mr. Simitis said.
The two men also discussed issues relating to the Austrian-led October EU summit and Mr. Simitis noted that both leaders were in agreement on the general course of the issues to be raised there.
Mr. Jospin said that during the talks the two premiers ascertained that beyond the financial aspect of the problem, there were also problems relating to a "polical balance" in Russia, declining further comment, so as to respect the principle of non-inte rvention in the internal affairs of other countries, as he said.
The French premier, answering questions regarding Cyprus' accession to the EU, said that there are "specific political problems."
He added that "the work continues along with the other candidate countries for accession to the EU. The file of each country must be examined, this is the procedure which was decided. Naturally, in the long-term we hope this negotiation procedure for the accession will contribute to the rapprochement of views and the decrease in tensions."
Finally, he said "at this time the procedure is in motion, although there are, in Cyprus' case, specific political problems, which we must take into account, in time."
Source: Athens News Agency