Ending his speech at the May 20 East Berlin meeting Mr. Khrushchev suggested another Summit?
Ending his speech at the May 20 East Berlin meeting Mr. Khrushchev suggested another Summit in six to eight months' time - though he added that the period was not necessarily chosen because it was after the U.S. Presidential election.
His speech was read in German by an interpreter. Mr. K. spoke only at the start and end of his 70-minute speech. In it, he promised the existing situation in West Berlin and W. Germany would be maintained. He hinted the time to sign a German peace treaty with the other Heads of Government would be at the time of the next Summit.
On the platform with Mr. K: Malinovsky his Defence Minister; Ulbricht, the E. German Communist leader; and Otto Grotewohl, the East. German Premier. Russian style, Khrushchev frequently clapped with the crowd and an occasional smile lit up his grave face.
The same day May 20 a U.S. transport plane was forced down in East Germany by Russian fighters firing warning bursts. Requests for the release of nine on the plane went unanswered. Mr. K and Malinovsky returned to Moscow May 21.