France and the Soviet Union took a step towards closer cooperation today (Tuesday) by deciding to intensify regular consultations between their foreign ministers.
France and the Soviet Union took a step towards closer cooperation today (Tuesday) by deciding to intensify regular consultations between their foreign ministers. A four-point protocol was signed by the French President Georges Pompidou, and President Podgorny, representing the Soviet Union.
The protocol calls for meetings of foreign ministers in principle twice a year. This develops the process of increasing Franco-Soviet links established by former President de Gaulle.
In a joint declaration issued with the protocol France joined the Soviet Union in declaring itself in favour of a European security conference, an idea put forward by the Warsaw Pact nations.
The protocol was singed in the ornate Catherine's Hall of the Kremlin at the end of President Pompidou's eight-day state visit to the Soviet Union. One of the clauses of the protocol stipulated neither parties's previous commitments were affected by the agreement. This was taken as a reference to France's agreements with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Common Market, and the Soviet Union's ties with the Warsaw Pact and Communist economic alliances.