The Secretary General of the Soviet Union's Communist Party, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev is now in?
The Secretary General of the Soviet Union's Communist Party, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev is now in Paris for a summit with President Pompidou of France. He flew there from the Andrews Air Force base near Washington after his week of talks in the United States with President Nixon.
Vice-President Spiro Agnew babe Mr. Brezhnev farewell on Monday (25th June). The Soviet leader had said goodbye to President Nixon the previous day in California.
A joint communique issued as Mr. Brezhnev departed, said the summit was a "milestones in efforts towards world peace". The Russian and American leaders pledged themselves "to a goal of European security", but were unable to agree on ways to end the Middle East crisis.
In a pre-recorded television speech broadcast on Sunday (24th June), Mr. Brezhnev declared the cold war was virtually over, but voiced concern over the Middle East situation which he called a hot bed of dangerous tension threatening world peace. He spoke warmly of the American people and of President Nixon, and made a strong appeal for expanded trade between the Soviet Union and the United States.