World leaders remember Yeltsin


Summary

US President George W Bush has remembered former Russia president Boris Yeltsin as "an historic figure" who helped democracy take root there and fostered warm ties with the US.

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. President Yeltsin was an historic figure who served his country during a time of momentous change," Bush said in a statement.

The 76-year-old Yeltsin, who had long been unwell, died of a heart attack at 3:45 pm (1145 GMT) in Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital.

"He played a key role as the Soviet Union dissolved, helped lay the foundations of freedom in Russia, and became the first democratically elected leader in that country's history. I appreciate the efforts that President Yeltsin made to build a strong relationship between Russia and the United States," Mr Bush said.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the Yeltsin family and to the Russian people," said the US president.

In a separate statement, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Yeltsin "will be remembered for his significant contribution to ending the Cold War and his efforts to expand political and economic freedom at home and abroad."

Yeltsin "ushered in a new era for his country in which ordinary Russians were able to speak and worship without fear, to own property, and to choose their leaders freely."

Yeltsin will also be remembered for establishing good relations between Moscow and Washington "after many years of conflict," Ms Rice said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the late Russian leader Boris Yeltsin as key to promoting reforms in Russia and to East-West rapprochement, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

"The secretary general was saddened to learn today of the death of Boris Yeltsin, the first democratically elected President of the Russian Federation," spokeswoman Michele Montas said in a statement.

"President Yeltsin will be remembered for the critical role he played in advancing political and economic reforms in Russia, as well as in fostering rapprochement between East and West."

Yeltsin, the former president who brought down the Soviet Union and led
Russia through the traumatic transition to democracy and capitalism, died
Monday aged 76 from a heart attack.


US President George W Bush has remembered former Russia president Boris Yeltsin as "an historic figure" who helped democracy take root there and fostered warm ties with the US.

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. President Yeltsin was an historic figure who served his country during a time of momentous change," Bush said in a statement.

The 76-year-old Yeltsin, who had long been unwell, died of a heart attack at 3:45 pm (1145 GMT) in Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital.

"He played a key role as the Soviet Union dissolved, helped lay the foundations of freedom in Russia, and became the first democratically elected leader in that country's history. I appreciate the efforts that President Yeltsin made to build a strong relationship between Russia and the United States," Mr Bush said.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the Yeltsin family and to the Russian people," said the US president.

In a separate statement, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Yeltsin "will be remembered for his significant contribution to ending the Cold War and his efforts to expand political and economic freedom at home and abroad."

Yeltsin "ushered in a new era for his country in which ordinary Russians were able to speak and worship without fear, to own property, and to choose their leaders freely."

Yeltsin will also be remembered for establishing good relations between Moscow and Washington "after many years of conflict," Ms Rice said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the late Russian leader Boris Yeltsin as key to promoting reforms in Russia and to East-West rapprochement, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

"The secretary general was saddened to learn today of the death of Boris Yeltsin, the first democratically elected President of the Russian Federation," spokeswoman Michele Montas said in a statement.

"President Yeltsin will be remembered for the critical role he played in advancing political and economic reforms in Russia, as well as in fostering rapprochement between East and West."

Yeltsin, the former president who brought down the Soviet Union and led
Russia through the traumatic transition to democracy and capitalism, died
Monday aged 76 from a heart attack.