Clinton-Yeltsin documents show 1990s ‘equal partnership’ for what it really was

Almost 600 pages of transcripts from meetings and phone calls between US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin paint a picture of a time when the West liked Russia because Moscow did what it was told.

“You have guided your country through a historic time and you are leaving a legacy that will leave Russians better off for years to come,” Clinton told Yeltsin in a phone call on December 31, 1999, the day the Russian leader announced his surprise resignation.

“I know that the democratic changes you led made it possible for Russia to be integrated into the international community,” Clinton continued, adding that historians will call Yeltsin “the father of Russian democracy” who worked to “make the world a safer place.”

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