INTRODUCTION: The Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Bonn on Sunday (22 November) for an important summit meeting with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
LV Brezhnev and aide de camp leave
SV Brezhnev talking with Schmidt and Genscher (Foreign Minister)
SV Brezhnev and Schmidt talking, walking to car, and leaving airport
SV Brezhnev and Schmidt reviewing military guard of honour
CU Russian and West German flags
SV INT Schmidt holding Brezhnev's arm as they enter conference room
SV Brezhnev takes seat at the table
SV West German delegation at table. ZOOM TO show both delegations seated at table
SV Brezhnev with Schmidt in foreground and SV of delegates seated around table.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Bonn on Sunday (22 November) for an important summit meeting with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. This is President Brezhnev's first visit to the West since the Soviets became involved in Afghanistan almost two years ago. The talks will centre on the nuclear arms race between East and West with Chancellor Schmidt wanting to impress on Mr. Brezhnev that the United States and her NATO allies are serious in wanting to reduce the arms build-up.
SYNOPSIS: President Brezhnev may be 75 but he stepped from his aircraft at Cologne-Bonn airport smiling and dignified. A small military guard of honour saluted while the Soviet leader was led slowly down the plane's steps by his aide de camp.
The President was greeted by Mr. Schmidt and West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
The formalities were deliberately low-key in keeping with what the West German government believes is essentially a working visit. Several thousand supporters of the Moscow line West German Communist Party (DKP), many carrying portraits of Mr. Brezhnev, joined in the welcome.
During the talks, Mr. Schmidt is expected to strongly support American President Ronald Reagan's proposals for the withdrawal of all land-based medium range missile from Europe. Chancellor Schmidt has been widely credited with having had significant influence on the content of the new United States proposals. Although the Soviet's have so far dismissed the plans, it is thought that talks in Bonn may produce a more detailed Russian response to the initiative.
The discussions in West Germany are seen as an important prelude to the Soviet-U.S. arms reduction talks which are due to commence in Geneva next Monday (30 November).
Mr. Brezhnev is heading a large team of foreign policy advisors and assistants. They include his Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and First Deputy Premier Ivan Arkhipov.
The talks will be held over two days. Mr. Brezhnev then returns to Moscow on Wednesday (25 November).