United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, left Moscow on Tuesday (24 October) after holding talks on strategic arms limitation with Soviet officials.
SVs U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko at airport (2 shots)
SCUs Mr. Vance speaking in English (3 shots)
SV Soviet and U.S. flags
SV Mr. Vance waving form aircraft steps
GV and SV Mr. Gromyko and Soviet officials waving as plane taxis on runway
VANCE: "Our talks were useful and constructive, and I will be reporting on them to the President as soon as I return. The negotiation of a treaty to stabilise strategic military competition involves the most vital and sensitive interests of the countries involved. The agreements which we are seeking must, and will, be fair and equitable, protect the vital interests of both countries and make an enduring contribution to the stability of the world. Both sides are committed to the prompt and successful completion of this task".
It was the eighth meeting between the U.S. and the Soviet Union on the SALT issue in 18 months. Several problems in other areas were discussed. A senior U.S. official said President Brezhnev and Mr. Vance had a frank exchange on the American plan to refit some missiles in Europe with neutron warheads. These nuclear weapons kill by radiation, while leaving building relatively unscathed.
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Background: United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, left Moscow on Tuesday (24 October) after holding talks on strategic arms limitation with Soviet officials. Mr. Vance spent 11 hours negotiating with the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko. And despite a further 90 minute session with President Leonid Brezhnev, the two sides were unable to come up with a new agreement.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet officials, headed by Mr. Gromyko, saw Mr. Vance off at the airport. Before leaving, Mr. Vance said both sides had agreed to continue their efforts to achieve an agreement.
The two nations will consider the next move in the arms negotiations after Mr. Vance has returned to Washington and reported to President Carter.