The Soviet Premier, Alexei Kosygin, has visited India. During his six day visit he had?
The Soviet Premier, Alexei Kosygin, has visited India. During his six day visit he had private talks with Indian Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, and other Indian leaders. Many of the private and public discussions between the two leaders revolved around China's invasion of Vietnam -- an action which has been strongly condemned by the Soviet Union, and has embarrassed India.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet leader set the tone for his visit within minutes of stepping from his aircraft at New Delhi's airport. Speaking before India's Prime Minister Desai and other Indian leaders, Mr. Kosygin said there were no differences at all between Moscow and New Delhi.
But the visit comes only three weeks after the return of Indian External Affairs Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, from talks in Peking, and clearly reflects Soviet concern about the recent warning on Sino-Indian relations.
In an address to the Parliament, Mr. Desai assured Mr. Kosygin of India's friendship.
This clear reference to China, was taken up by Mr. Kosygin in his parliamentary address. he told the Parliament no peace-loving country should remain indifferent when an aggressor held human life and world opinion in contempt.
And at the tomb of former Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mr. Kosygin re-iterated his theme in Nehru's words, that the world faced a choice either to co-exist peacefully or not to exist at all. He referred to China's aggressive expansionism, describing as criminal, China's war with Vietnam. Reuters reports that since China's invasion of Vietnam one month ago -- an event which occurred while India's External Affairs Minister was in Peaking -- India has been reappraising its growing relations with China.
India is expected to sign three agreements with the Soviet Union at the end of this visit. The agreements on economic, and cultural matters, will be spelled out in a joint communique issued by the two leaders. Mr. Kosygin said he expected the friendship between Russia and India to grow from strength to strength.