Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin continued his tour of Canada with a visit to Montreal on Thursday (21 October).
MV Kosygin enters conference room
LV Kosygin seated at table ZOOM INTO SV
CU Reporter ask questions & SV Kosygin & translator answers
SV Press seated (2 shots)
SV Kosygin & translator answer questions
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER (SEQ. 4): "I would like to ask you whether you were surprised by the protest, which you encountered during your visit to Ottawa. Will this in any way affect relationships between Canada and the Soviet Union?
KOSYGIN: (ANSWERS IN RUSSIAN)
TRANSLATOR: Nothing but a good attitude. I have seen nothing bad in this country and I cannot treat the actions of certain riff-raff, who exist in any country. I cannot treat that as the attitude of the entire Canadian people towards the people of the Soviet Union.
(MR KOSYGIN WAS THEN ASKED ABOUT THE CONDITION OF JEWS IN THE SOVIET UNION)
KOSYGIN: (ANSWERS IN RUSSIAN) (SEQ. 6)
TRANSLATOR: I must say that the Jews, together with the people of all other nationalities in the Soviet Union, are working hard to build socialism and communism in the Soviet Union, and are working as enthusiastically a the people of any other nationality. You know that we are now increasing the number of people who are allowed to emigrate from the soviet union.
KOSYGIN: (ANSWERS FURTHER ANSWERS IN RUSSIAN)
TRANSLATOR: In the last eight months alone, four-thousand, four-hundred and fifty Jews were allowed to immigrate from the Soviet Union to Israel
Mr Kosygin arrives for press conference, reporter asks question, Mr Kosygin and translator answer questions.
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N.B. THE SOUND ON FILM IS A PORTION OF MR KOSYGIN'S PRESS CONFERENCE. MR KOSYGIN'S REPLIES TO REPORTER'S QUESTIONS ARE IN RUSSIAN, FOLLOWED BY AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY THE MAN NEXT TO HIM. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS.
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Background: Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin continued his tour of Canada with a visit to Montreal on Thursday (21 October). Prior to his departure from Ottawa. Mr Kosygin hold a press conference on Wednesday (20 October).
In response to reporters' questions, the Soviet Prime Minister said that he welcomes President Nixon's planned visits to peking and Moscow, while discounting threats of demonstrations to the friendship between his country and Canada.
On his own country's dealing with the People's Republic of China, Mr Kosygin said there had been continuing contacts since his meeting with Chinese Premier Chou En-lai two years ago. But he added that no "greet results" had been achieved.
Asked about alleged anti-semitism in the Soviet Union, Mr Kosygin said that "there is no Jewish problem in the Soviet Union".