• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE HAS TOLD THE RUSSIANS THAT FRANCE AND THE SOVIET UNION ARE NOW ON THE THRESHOLD OF A "GREAT OPPORTUNITY" FOR WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD EUROPEAN UNITY AND SECURITY.

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    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE HAS TOLD THE RUSSIANS THAT FRANCE AND THE SOVIET UNION ARE NOW ON THE THRESHOLD OF A "GREAT OPPORTUNITY" FOR WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD EUROPEAN UNITY AND SECURITY. HE MADE THE STATEMENT TODAY (MONDAY) AT VNUKOVO AIRPORT, NEAR MOSCOW, FOLLOWING HIS ARRIVAL ON THE START OF A 12-DAY STATE VISIT TO THE SOVIET UNION.

    THE 75-YEAR-OLD FRENCH LEADER, VISITING THE SOVIET UNION FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1944, WAS GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY SOVIET PRESIDENT NIKOLA PODGORNY AND PRIME MINISTER ALEXEI KOSYGIN. PRESIDENT DE GAULLE TOLD THE RUSSIANS: "THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY PAR EXCELLENCE FOR OUT TWO COUNTRIES NOT ONLY TO STRENGTHEN THEIR TIES IN ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC FIELDS, BUT ALSO TO EXCHANGE VIEWS, AND , I HOPE, TO CONCERT THEIR ACTIONS IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THE UNITY AND SECURITY OF OUR CONTINENT, AS WELL AS EQUILIBRIUM, PROGRESS AND PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD." HE WAS SPEAKING IN REPLY TO A SPEECH OF WELCOME BY PRESIDENT PODGORNY, AND HE CONCLUDED IN RUSSIAN: "IN MY PERSON, THE FRENCH PEOPLE GREET THE GREAT SOVIET PEOPLE. LONG LIVE RUSSIA."
    PRESIDENT PODGORNY SAID IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH THAT THE IDENTITY OF INTERESTS BETWEEN FRANCE AND THE SOVIET UNION ON A NUMBER OF WORLD PROBLEMS WAS A "FACTOR OF ABIDING IMPORTANCE IN BRINGING THE TWO POWERS CLOSER TOGETHER.

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE LEFT THE AIRPORT IN AN OPEN BLACK LIMOUSINE TO DRIVE ALONG A FLAG-DECKED NINE-MILE (15-KILOMETRE) PROCESSIONAL ROUTE TO THE KREMLIN. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF RUSSIANS CHEERED HIM AS HE DROVE PAST.

    FOUR HOURS LATER, AT A KREMLIN BANQUET, HE CALLED FOR FRANCE AND THE SOVIET UNION TO JOIN TOGETHER TO BREAK THE "HARMFUL SPELL" OF RIGID CONFRONTATION BETWEEN EAST AND WEST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3A7IVFOAPYJW2L5TQ13F6H4YK
    Media URN:
    VLVA3A7IVFOAPYJW2L5TQ13F6H4YK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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