Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With President Boris Yeltsin of Russia in Helsinki
Russia and NATO
Q. President Yeltsin, do you consider NATO a threat to Russia, or are you convinced otherwise by now?
President Yeltsin. Well, I'm not convinced otherwise.
President Clinton. We'll have a press conference later, guys.
Q. You guys always give us a surprise when you meet, Mr. President. Do you expect any surprises today?
President Yeltsin. Perhaps through the course of the discussions we may have some surprises. We won't have any surprises at the end of the discussions.
NOTE: The exchange began at 9:43 a.m. at Mantyniemi, the residence of President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland. President Yeltsin spoke in Russian, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange.
William J. Clinton, Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With President Boris Yeltsin of Russia in Helsinki Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/224293