Although Mr Yeltsin's doctors have made clear he needs three weeks to return to health, Mr Yastrzhembsky said he may "possibly" go ahead with a trip to the Hague on 4 February after meeting the French President, Jacques Chirac.
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Boris Yeltsin was last night due to leave hospital and move to his residence outside Moscow where he will continue to recuperate from double pneumonia, his spokesman, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, said. But he declined to say when the President, who was admitted 13 days ago, would resume work in the Kremlin.