St Petersburg Times, Russia
PRIMAKOV, WHO always affirmed loyalty to Yeltsin, has been sacked, while a close associate of Yeltsin is at the helm. Though it might be too early to judge Russia's future diplomacy, Moscow and the West can be expected to cherish the same views and stances toward regional and global issues. This should prompt our foreign policy-makers to devise plans - such as minimising the dependence of Iran's policies on those of Russia - with a view to changes that might be effected in Moscow's foreign policy.
RUSSIA HAS survived so much upheaval during the past decade that another dose of political turbulence might seem inconsequential. After all, Primakov, the outgoing prime minister, managed to restore calm to Russia essentially by doing as little as possible during his eight-month tenure. He brought the country out of economic crisis by boasting that he had no economic policy.
Washington Post, US
PRIMAKOV'S SACKING does not make political sense for the country. The Prime Minister was able to bring about a measure of political stability after assuming office at a very difficult time. The reason President Yeltsin has given for appointing a loyalist in Mr Primakov's place is the same he gave in his previous dismissals and appointments, a new broom to get the economy going.
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates