WASHINGTON — U.S.-run peace talks next week on the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be delayed one day so Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin can register his support by meeting with three Balkan leaders in Moscow.
The Kremlin session set for Tuesday stems from Yeltsin's pledge to President Clinton to work with the United States to promote a settlement. But it also could be risky for the Russian leader.
His critics say he walks in the tracks of the United States and is abandoning the Serbs, cultural and religious cousins to the Russians.
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who announced the meeting Wednesday, said Yeltsin is "taking a step toward peace in the Balkans."
Clinton relayed the invitation Tuesday to Presidents Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia and Franjo Tudjman of Croatia in New York. Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic was informed in Belgrade, the Serbian and Yugoslav capital.
The opening of Bosnia peace talks at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, will now take place Wednesday.