The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 4
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 4

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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4A THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY. DECEMBER 6, 1997 Erratic Yeltsin is full of surprises to some, but trouble to others By Charles W. Holmes Palm tkach Post Staff' Writer MOSCOW Russian President Boris Yeltsin started his week by abruptly announcing nuclear and military-force reductions that surprised not only the world, but his own aides. He ended the week by deftly forcing the opposition-led parliament to approve a budget it had firmly opposed. And in between, he publicly called Germany and Japan nucle ar powers (they aren't) and confused Norway with Sweden at a time when Russia's relations with both are significant to its long-sought economic recovery. At 66, Yeltsin is firmly in power and seemingly in fine health after undergoing heart surgery a year ago. But his displays of eccentricities, unpredictability and a flair for the dramatic remains troubling for some, and troublesome for others. The latter includes his politi cal handlers. For example, the core of his week, an official visit to Sweden, was intended to be a mundane schedule of talks about Baltic relations and state ceremonies in Stockholm. Disarmament wasn't on the agenda. Nevertheless, Yeltsin announced a unilateral cut in Russia's nuclear arms by one-third. Aides rushed to point out that while the concept had been discussed in broad terms as an approach to the next round of U.S. Russian disarmament talks, there was no such plan. In a milder surprise, Yeltsin announced that Russia would cut its military manpower by 40 percent in the northwest, a move that military officials later confirmed. Yeltsin is rarely dull, but some critics in Russia claim that such erratic performances are potentially dangerous from a man who controls one of the world's largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons. "He created the impression of a computer that had gone haywire. Instead of the information you expect, all the wrong files came up," wrote Alexander Bud-berg, a reporter for Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper. Alexander Lebed, a former general with his own presidential aspirations who briefly served as Yeltsin's national security adviser, called for Yeltsin to resign for the good of the country. One Swedish newspaper derided Yeltsin's visit to Stockholm as a performance by the Moscow circus. "Think if an American president behaved liked Boris Yeltsin. It would have led to an intense debate about the state of the country's leadership," wrote the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. , A recent poll by the Interfax news agency showed Yeltsin with a 3 percent approval rating, the Communist Party with 22 percent and 40 percent of respondents choosing none of the above. ' TWO HUGE SHOWROOMS SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA FOR OVER 72 YEARS, SINCE 1925 WL cuTEin V CATERS IWf :: use MS exit 'SfJSSS fV-W y 50 or 51 then west 56 then East x WEST PALM BEACH NORTH PALM QEACH 655 IM. Militarv Tfail IMorthlaka Blvd. ae U.S. Hwy. 1 844-1 471-8538 MID-WINTER mmm gqjulL3 an I 'Til ;TrfilRWi1:T3ilil K3HU3D I 1 1 ri r U LJ LJ Lmi ( iIWa, iiAT? -Wt t "" t '" 'l''f'l'-v 1 r- "'W k J"-H flu I, - M (M QIMIMIDI icco iioa Betoein SwiwoS Hub Chal 100 ALL LEATHER STRAT0L0UKGER RECUiiER! Genuine Leather at a SUPER LOW PRICE! LiriiTEO QUANTITIES! Set includes Dresser, Mirror, Queen Headboard, 2 Night Stands & 5 Super Comfortable Swivel Rocker RELAX in Style with this sumptuous swivel rocker. Choice of 3 colors This comfortable petite tub chair is the perfect size for condos and Drawer Chest ONLY ONIY $?f.5 V vjrinD crmnHs L- vvh:le hist last similar to Only 3 to Sell ss fiRMl U 1l,J!Btl. I 1 ' DISCOUNTS apply to in stock Items only, auu uv iivi aHP'J Klcw FURNITURE

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