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Russia - Yugoslavia

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow that Russia is resisting pressure from the Yugoslav opposition and from Western governments to persuade Slobodan Milosevic to step down. President Vladimir Putin has offered to meet both Milosevic and opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica in Moscow. He has offered to mediate their dispute over the results of last month's presidential elections in Yugoslavia. But a statement released by Putin's office implies that the election should go to a second round, as Milosevic is insisting.

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