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Tuesday, August 10, 1999 Published at 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK

World: Europe

New Russian PM starts working

President Yeltsin has been having his first working meeting with his new prime minister, the former Russian security chief, Vladimir Putin -- who the president also named as his chosen successor.

Mr Putin, who is the fourth Russian prime minister to be appointed in two years, has said he wants no revolutionary changes.

In a television interview, he promised to improve Russian living standards, but warned that those attempting to destabilise the country would go to prison.

The United States administration has said it is confident of being able to work with Mr Putin.

Correspondents say his appointment is also likely to be approved by the Russian parliament, despite general bewilderment at the new appointment.

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