Mr. Mikoya, guest of the National Press Club, Washington, at a luncheon, Jan 19 finished?
TRANSCRIPT: MR. MIKOYAN: "May I thank you for having come here in such large numbers to put an exchange of views with us. I am most flattered. According to newspaper reports which are not always confirmed but which are true in this case, I shall leave this country tomorrow and the day after will be in Moscow." There has been in this country a deal of new construction, roads, plans, factories and housing which compares with 22 years ago when I visited your country. Of course you are fortunate in that during the last war, no weapons were used where our country suffered tremendously from the war.
"There are people we had the chance to meet who gave us a very good reception and were very kind to us just as they were in the 1930's. Your people are very much like our Soviet people. Our people like yours are also friendly, hospitable and simple. Our people are being brought up in a spirit of peace and friendship between nations. One might have thought that the cold war climate would have an impression on the people but I was glad to note that the people I met in this country want peace above everything else. I expected that the ordinary people would be like that, but I was especially pleased that representatives of your business world showed a great interest in the Soviet Union, a desire to understand our position and a desire for peace. My impression is that the people of this country and the business man are tired of the cold war and want to get it over with."
"The policies of this country still remain on the cold war position, I must say that the talks which we had with your political leaders were very pleasant and friendly with useful exchanges. The president, the vice-president, secretary of State, expressed a desire for better relations with our country."
"Also it was very pleasant meeting with professors and students, particularly in the University of California. When I was talking to them I practically forgot I was in the United States and not in the Soviet Union. (Laughter).
"We were also invited to visit some private home in this country both in California and this city. We were glad to meet very pleasant people in these homes. One cannot find words to express the hospitality of the reception. Then the children gathered round to look at us like one looks at some unknown animal. We talked with them and played around and they realized these were not animals but human beings (laughter). We established contact and these children were as good as the children we have in the Soviet Union."
"The first person to speak out against the peace treaty was Chancellor Adenauer of West Germany. Your secretary of state in fact has been associated with the Chancellor in this. We must not forget the lessons of the last war."
"We have scrupulously kept and will continue to keep our treaties. Let us hope others will do likewise."
"Do you like Ike better than Harry Truman. And if so Why?"
"I like him better and the reason is clear," Mr. Mikoyan replied.
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Background: Mr. Mikoya, guest of the National Press Club, Washington, at a luncheon, Jan 19 finished his U.S.A. tour with some outspoken, and at times, angry words. He openly accused the American State Department for being rigid in its "cold war position" and intimated that Mr. Dulles was being influenced by Chancellor Adenauer on the question of a Germany peace treaty.
But Mr. Mikoyan's final exchange was not altogether bitter. he made a strong point of thanking the people of the country for their hospitality.
Turning to the proposed Russian draft of the German Peace Treaty, Mr. Mikoyan said:
Mr. Mikoyan also pointed out
Finally Mr. Mikoyan was asked: