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    President Makarios of Cyprus got a high-level welcome from leaders of both State and Church on Wednesday, when he flew in to Moscow on a three-day official visit, his first to the Soviet Union.

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    President Makarios of Cyprus got a high-level welcome from leaders of both State and Church on Wednesday, when he flew in to Moscow on a three-day official visit, his first to the Soviet Union.

    President Makarios has since had talks with Soviet leaders, the details of which are not known. Cyprus maintains a general policy on non-alignment in world affairs, but President Makarios has preserved good relations with the Russians although Cyprus has two British bases.

    The Russians for their part have maintained an interest in Cyprus over the past few years, which observers fell is connected with the recent build-up of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean.

    President Makarios was also making his visit as an Archbishop and Head of the Cyprus Orthodox Church. On Thursday he attended the enthronement in Moscow of Metropolitan Pimen as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. He succeeds Patriarch Alexii, who diad in April last year.

    SYNOPSIS: At Moscow airport on Wednesday, Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and other political leaders turned out to welcome President Makarios of Cyprus to the Soviet Union for the first time. He had flown direct from Nicosia for a three-day official visit.

    President Makarios has since had talks with Soviet leaders on his island's current relationship with the Soviet Union. Cyprus maintains a general policy of non-alignment in world affairs, but President Makarios has preserved good relations with the Russians although Cyprus has two British bases.

    The Soviet Union has maintained an interest in Cyprus over the past few years, which observers feel is connected with observers feel is connected with the recent build-up of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean.

    Archbishop Makarios was also here as Head of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, and the acting head of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Pimen welcomed him In this capacity.

    On Thursday President Makarios was to bless the congregation at the enthronement of Patriarch Pimen as fourth head of the Russian Orthodox Church since the fall of the Tsars 54 Years ago. He succeeds Patriarch Alexii, who died in April last year.

    The Communist Party newspaper Pravda, in an article from Nicosia on the Cypriot President's talks with Soviet leaders, reported that Cypriots were confident that better bilateral relations would make an important contribution towards strengthening peace in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2ELU7AA7OVHHYS8GUMQA0ZPBB
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ELU7AA7OVHHYS8GUMQA0ZPBB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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