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Yeltsin's Correspondence Published With Medvedev's Preface

Dmitri MedvedevMOSCOW. Jan 31 (Interfax) - President Dmitry Medvedev has written a foreword for a book, titled "Correspondence of President of the Russian Federation Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin with the Heads of State and Government," to be presented in Moscow on Wednesday.

The book was co-authored by Kremlin aide Sergei Prikhodko and Yeltsin's chief of protocol Vladimir Shevchenko. Both were Yeltsin's aides during his tenure.

This book will help better understand Russia's current foreign policy, Medvedev writes in the preface.

Casting a glance at Yeltsin's second term between the summer of 1996 and December 31, 1999, the book contains more than 1,300 documents, including Yeltsin's telegrams to the leaders of 113 countries, top figures in the European Union, Council of Europe, International Monetary Fund, International Olympic Committee, the UN and UNESCO, as well as foreign statesmen's letters to Yeltsin.

The largest chapter represents Yeltsin's correspondence with the heads of member-countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the G8 most industrialized nations.

The documents are provided with detailed notes and Yeltsin's hand-written edits. All of them are copies of the originals.

Another book, being prepared for publication, will cover Yeltsin's first term between June 1, 1991 and August 1996.

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