U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon flew from Moscow to Leningrad July 27 to tour shipyards and?
U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon flew from Moscow to Leningrad July 27 to tour shipyards and see the nuclear icebreaker Lenin.
It was the start of a 7.000-mile tour through once prohibited areas of Siberia. Unexpectedly accompanying Mr Nixon and his party in the Russian TU-104 jet airliner to Leningrad was First Deputy Prime Minister Frol Kozlov who toured the U.S. this month.
At the airport Mr Nixon said about his talks with Mr Khrushchev that they agreed on one point: to settle differences at the conference table not on the battlefield.
After meeting shipyard workers - many of them were women - and shaking hands with hundreds, Mr Nixon saw the icebreaker Lenin undergoing final tests in the docks. With him was Vice-Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the U.S. nuclear warship expert.
Cameramen were no allowed on board. Mr Nixon finally emerged from his tour on board, waving and talking to waiting applauding shipyard workers. He told them amid applause: We must all work together to break the ice between us as nations. Mr Kozlov won special applause too - he is a native of Leningrad.