Soviet Premier Khrushchev returned by air to Moscow July 8 after his 9-day State visit to Austria.
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Background: Soviet Premier Khrushchev returned by air to Moscow July 8 after his 9-day State visit to Austria. Before leaving he gave a news conference in which he said Russia had information that there was a plan to hold a meeting of the West German Parliament in West Berlin in September.
If so, he said, Russia might sign a treaty with East Germany at the same time, and then the West German politicians would have to ask East Germany for visas to travel between Berlin and West Germany. This brought applause for him from his companions - Foreign Minister Gromyko and Mme. Furtseva, USSR's leading woman politician.
Asked how he compared Dr. Adenauer, W. Germany's Chancellor, with Hitler, Khrushchev said although they did not look alike, so far as politics were concerned, Dr. Adenauer was in many ways following the policy. Hitler had at first followed.
He ended his speech with a warning - if Adenauer dared put one finger on another people, Russia would destroy him, he declared.
Before leaving Vienna, Khrushchev apologised for having made his attacks against Adenauer on Austrian soil. In reply, Austrian Chancellor Raab said his country valued freedom of speech, and Khrushchev had made good use of it. But Austria could not be expected to agree with all Khrushchev's statements.