Mr Yeltsin and his Czech counterpart, Vaclav Havel, signed the pact during Mr Yeltsin's brief visit to Prague en route from Poland. The treaty does not include a direct apology by Mr Yeltsin for the invasion but condemns 'unacceptable force' by the Soviet regime, which crushed the 1968 reforms.
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Russia's President, Boris Yeltsin, signed a friendship treaty with the Czech Republic exactly 25 years after his predecessors forced kidnapped Czechoslovak leaders to accept the Soviet-led invasion by the Warsaw Pact, AP reports from Prague.