Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, departed Monday for a two-week trip to Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union.

The trip comes during a two-week congressional recess for Easter and Passover.The trip by members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees is designed to assess East-West relationships in the wake of the Persian Gulf war, said Hatch's press secretary, Paul Smith.

He added that Hatch, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, will also be researching economic opportunities for U.S. companies in Eastern Europe and will be evaluating arms and trade agreements with the Soviet Union.

Smith said Hatch hopes to meet with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian Republic President Boris Yeltsin. Smith added that the delegation may also visit Turkey, but recent attacks there against Americans led to postponement of that visit.