The Soviet Prime Minister, Mr Alexei Kosygin, arrived in Ottawa on Sunday (October 17) at the start of an eight-day Canadian visit.
The Soviet Prime Minister, Mr Alexei Kosygin, arrived in Ottawa on Sunday (October 17) at the start of an eight-day Canadian visit. He was accompanied by his daughter, and they were met at the airport by Canadian Prime Minister Mr Pierre Trudeau and his wife. following his arrival -- covered in this film -- Mr Kosygin was later the target for several demonstrations and an attack on Monday (October 18) in which he was half knocked to the ground. His visit is the first by a Soviet head of government, and is reported to be an important one for developing Soviet-Canadian relations. In May, Mr Trudeau visited Moscow, where he said that Canada might look to the Soviet Union as a way of lessening Canadian dependence on the U.S.A.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Prime Minister, Mr Alexei Kosygin, arrived in Ottawa on Sunday at the start of his eight-day canadian visit -- described in news reports as important to developing Soviet-Canadian relations. It is the first visit to Canada by a Soviet head of government. Mr Kosygin, who was accompanied by his daughter and a team of aides, was greeted by canadian Prime Minister Mr Pierre Trudeau and his wife. This is Mr Kosygin third visit abroad in recent weeks.
Mr. Kosygin's talks with Mr Trudeau are expected to cover a wide range of issues including mineral development. Until recently contact between the two countries has been restricted to wheat sales, but during a visit to Moscow in May, Mr Trudeau said Canada might look to Russia to lessen Canadian dependence on the United States. In one of several demonstrations later, Mr Kosygin was attacked and half knocked to the ground in the streets of Ottawa on Monday.