United States President Jimmy Carter met Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on Friday in Vienna, Austria (15 June) for the first time.
GV Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev down aircraft steps and being greeted by Austrian President Rudolf Kirchschlaeger. (3 shots)
SCU officials greeting Brezhnev and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko
SV Brezhnev inspects guard of honour
GV PAN Monument
GV Brezhnev at Monument while two soldiers carry wreath and lay it at the monument
GV INT. U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Brezhnev entering room, pose for photograph and walk away to be greeted by Kirchschlaeger ad Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky (2 shots)
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Background: United States President Jimmy Carter met Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on Friday in Vienna, Austria (15 June) for the first time. Mr. Carter said that the short get-acquainted talk was a good start to their four-day summit. Mr. Brezhnev arrived on Friday to an official welcome similar to Mr Carter's the evening before.
SYNOPSIS: The 72 year-old Kremlin leader looked fitter than was expected as he stepped down smiling from the Soviet airliner.
Austrian President Rudolf Kichschlaeger was waiting to greet Mr. Breznev and his Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. The Soviet leader did not make an arrival statement, but President Carter did not make an arrival statement, but President Carter did the previous evening.
Despite his failing health for the past five years, President Brezhnev walked firmly across the tarmac to review the guard.
The Soviet leader's first engagement in Vienna was a visit to a war memoria, where he watched as a remembrance wreath was placed on the monument.
It was in the Rose Room of the Hofburg, Austria;s 13th Century Imperial Palace, that Mr. Carter and Mr. Brezhnev met for the first time. Although their meeting was scheduled to last fifteen minutes, they stayed together for only three, before joining President Kirchschlaeger and Austrian Chancellor Bruno Krerisky in another room. There, over orange juice, tea and biscuits, they discussed Saturday's (16 June) formal opening of the summit, and the new Strategic Arms Limitation Treat (SALT 11). The two leaders will sign the Treaty at the conclusion of the meetings on Monday (18 June) Later that evening both Mr. Carter end Mr. Brezhnev attended the Vienna State Opera for a premier performance of Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio."