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The East-West power struggle.

WORLD leaders Helmut Kohl and Boris Yeltsin were gripped in a major power struggle yesterday - over which path to take in the park.

The German and Russian chiefs looked relaxed as they strolled cheerfully along hand-in-hand in the sunshine.

It was not long though before the formidable duo began pulling in different directions.

But clearly German Chancellor Kohl had a grip of the situation by keeping Mr Yeltsin in line.

The men were taking a break from talks in Bonn. The fresh air seemed to agree with Mr Yeltsin, who looked much fitter than he has done in recent months.

The Russian leader joked: "This is the fourth time I have met Kohl this year. This is love between men."

But the fact his country owes Germany pounds 26billion may be making Chancellor Kohl feel a bit differently about their relationship.

Yeltsin insisted the men were resolving the issue and to prove the point tweeked his rival's nose in jest.
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Author:Spall, Leo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 9, 1998
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