President Clinton will visit Russia Jan. 12-15, the press service of Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced Monday.

A statement released in Moscow said the two leaders would discuss bilateral relations, control over nuclear arms and regional conflicts.It will be the second summit between the two. They met in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this year, although Yeltsin also attended a summit of the leaders of the Group of Seven industrial countries in Tokyo in July.

Clinton's visit will start one day after the opening of the new Russian parliament, elected Dec. 12.

Clinton was duck hunting Monday with a group of congressmen on Maryland's eastern shore.

The president and Reps. Bill Brewster, D-Okla., and John Dingell, D-Mich., left Washington, D.C., before dawn and stopped along the way so Clinton could pick up some necessities: a $41 hunting license, a duck call and earplugs.

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Toting a 12-gauge Winchester he borrowed from Brewster, Clinton told reporters he was going hunting because "this is the first day I've had a chance to go."

Clinton's predecessor, George Bush, had made a tradition of traveling to Beesville, Texas, on a hunting jaunt immediately after Christmas, often with former Secretary of State James Baker.

Asked how the outing would affect his gun-control image, Clinton said, "It'll strengthen it. It makes the point I've been making all along - that it doesn't have anything to do with hunting."

Sunday night, the president attended daughter Chelsea's final performance of the Washington Ballet's "Nutcracker." The president sat alone in the balcony and left after Chelsea's appearance as the favorite aunt in the first act.

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