Tuesday, June 1, 1999 Published at 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Russia hopeful about Kosovo talks
Belgrade is pounded for another night by Nato bombs
In a new flurry of diplomacy over Kosovo, Russia says it has fresh proposals for solving the conflict.
Before meeting the US and EU envoys, Strobe Talbott and Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, Mr Chernomyrdin expressed optimism that a diplomatic breakthrough was on the horizon.
"This week must be decisive in the search for a compromise on how to direct the military conflict into a political channel," he said.
"All sides, including the United States, Europe and Russia have an enormous desire to find a political solution."
His optimism has also been echoed by Germany and France.
The German foreign minister said current diplomatic efforts are covering new ground, while his French counterpart also predicted that a decisive moment is approaching.
However, the BBC Moscow Correspondent Paul Anderson says Mr Chernomyrdin has made similar predictions on previous occasions, which came to nothing.
And there is still no indication that Belgrade would allow a Nato-led peace-keeping force to enter Kosovo.
But Nato military commanders are nevertheless meeting in Brussels to determine how to bring the number of troops in such a force up to 50,000.
Nato bombs Albania
Despite the political negotiations, intensive strikes continued with reports that Nato bombing has strayed into Albania, near the country's border with Kosovo.
The BBC's Jeremy Cooke says the strikes are heavy, with several waves of aircraft dropping laser-guided bombs.
Earlier, the border area had been subjected to three days of heavy Serbian shelling after attempts by the KLA to open a supply route along the border.
There are also reports that Nato has caused civilian casualties in three separate incidents in the past two days.
Nato spokesman Jamie Shea said that five out of six weapons hit the army barracks, but that one went astray, overshooting the target by about 60 metres, and may have hit residential buildings.
He said Nato could not confirm any civilian casualties but regretted any unintended damage.
The Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug said Nato's targets included a publishing house, printing presses and regional television and radio headquarters close to a hospital and a bus station.
President Milosevic has attacked such actions, saying they could damage the peace process.
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