INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union's Prime Minister, Alexei Kosygin, has arrived in Helsinki for a five-day visit to Finland.
INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union's Prime Minister, Alexei Kosygin, has arrived in Helsinki for a five-day visit to Finland. His talks with the country's leaders were expected to concentrate on expanding economic ties, defence and political issues.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kosygin, who was accompanied in the train from the Soviet border by his Finnish Counterpart, Premier Martti Miettunen, was welcomed at the city's railway station by President Urho Kekkonen. The two leaders were due to discuss the projected 15-year trade agreement between the Soviet Union and Finland.
The political talks were due to centre on the meeting in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, next June to review and follow up the results of the European Security Conference in Helsinki two year ago.
President Kekkonen, host at that Conference and a strong supporter of the Belgrade meeting, has recently warned about the danger of damaging the process of detente by giving too much attention to political dissenters.
The highlight of Mr. Kosygin's visit will be the inauguration of Finland's first nuclear power plant built at Loviisa with Soviet help.