In the Soviet Union, Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin made a major policy speech on trade, during the first session of a two-day meeting of the Supreme Soviet.
In the Soviet Union, Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin made a major policy speech on trade, during the first session of a two-day meeting of the Supreme Soviet. the Soviet Parliament meets twice a year to approve laws and proposals put forward by the Council of Ministers. Over 750 deputies from all over the country attended the session.
SYNOPSIS: The Supreme Soviet met in the Kremlin in Moscow. All 14 members of the ruling Politburo and other leading figures of the Soviet government were there. Prime Minister Kosygin was accompanied by Communist Party Chief, President Leonid Brezhnev and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
Mr. Kosygin told the Soviet Parliament that he wanted to broaden trade ties throughout the world and particularly with the United States. He said that the moment only two per cent of soviet foreign trade was with America Mr. Kosygin explained that this signified that trade agreements with the United States were still at a preliminary stage, but that the figure showed that there were considerable opportunities for expansion in the American market. He added that the United States seemed reluctant to encourage this development.
Mr. Kosygin is also the head of the Soviet Council of Ministers, or cabinet. After discussing trade, he introduced a new law re-defining the functions of the Council. All such measures have to be ratified by the assembled deputies. The representatives are drawn from each of the 15 union republics, comprising almost 60 nationalities. About a third of the deputies attending the session were women. During the two day meeting the Supreme Soviet also discussed relations with the United States over detente and disarmament.