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Hashimoto doesn't see Yeltsin in poor health.

MOSCOW, Sept. 18 Kyodo Former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto did not have the impression Thursday that Russian President Boris Yeltsin was in poor health, contrary to some media reports, Hashimoto aides said.

Hashimoto, in Moscow since Wednesday, met with Yeltsin at the Kremlin earlier in the day. It was the first time for Hashimoto to see Yeltsin since the May summit of the Group of Eight major powers in Birmingham, England.

According to the aides, Hashimoto thought Yeltsin's physical condition has not changed since the Birmingham summit, denying reports that Yeltsin's health has deteriorated. ''President Yeltsin seemed to be on a diet, but he drank red wine,'' Hashimoto was quoted as saying.

On Thursday, Hashimoto and Yeltsin reaffirmed their resolve to bring about an end to the long territorial dispute between their two countries.

As Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi's top foreign policy adviser, Hashimoto arrived in Moscow from Tokyo on Wednesday on the first leg of an eight-day trip that will also take him to France.
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Date:Sep 21, 1998
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