MOSCOW -- European Commission President Jacques Delors, who is in Moscow to discuss a broad economic agreement with Russia, extended an invitation Thursday to President Boris Yeltsin to visit Brussels Dec. 9 to meet with European leaders.
But the economic treaty itself is not yet ready for signing because a number of technical details still need to be worked out by European Union and Russian negotiators at their next meeting later this month.
The European Community formally changed its name on Nov. 1, the date the Maastricht Treaty on the union of Europe went into effect.
It was the first meeting between Yeltsin and Delors, who was accompanied by Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene whose country currently occupies the rotating EU presidency.
During Yeltsin's Dec. 9 visit to Brussels, Russia and the EU will sign a declaration of intent setting out the main principles of the economic treaty. The treaty itself could be signed in the following weeks.
Yeltsin will have the opportunity to meet informally with European leaders, who will attend an EU summit in the Belgian capital Dec. 10-11.
Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Shokhin, who is the chief negotiator for the Russian side, said the main principles of the treaty had already been agreed upon -- notably Brussels' consent to treat Russia as 'an economy in transition' rather than a communist economic system.