President Tito of Yugoslavia flew into Moscow Tuesday (16 August) for the start of an eight day official visit to the Soviet Union.
President Tito of Yugoslavia flew into Moscow Tuesday (16 August) for the start of an eight day official visit to the Soviet Union. He was given a warm reception when he arrived at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.
Before a state banquet Tuesday (16 August) President Tito will be awarded the Soviet Order of the October Revolution to mark his 85th birthday last May.
SYNOPSIS: It is President Tito's sixteenth visit to the Soviet Union since he came to power at the end of World War Two. At the airport to greet him, was the Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, who gave him the customary warm welcome of a hug and kisses. The soviet leader, interrupted his summer holiday in the Crimea for the Moscow summit talks.
A full guard of honour, VIP's and hundreds of flag waving Muscovites, brought specially to the airport, underlines the importance Soviet leaders attach to the visit of the 85 year old Yugoslav leader.
In his talks with President Tito, which begin on Wednesday (17 August) Mr. Brezhnev will try and ease Yugoslav concern about the Kremlin attitude to Eurocommunism. Moscow's treatment do the Spanish Communist Party leader Senor Carillo, has caused alarm in Yugoslavia where it revived memories of the way Joseph Stalin denounced Tito himself nearly 30 years ago. President Tito's last meeting with Mr. Brezhnev in Belgrade nine months ago was marred by allegations in his own country that he was put under Soviet pressure to modify Yugoslavia's independent line and work more closely with Moscow.
Mr. Brezhnev will be anxious also to test President Tito on how far he shares objections to President Carter's policies on arms and human rights. The fighting between Ethiopia and Somalia and the situation in the Middle East will also be discussed.