The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Rallis, arrived in Moscow on Monday (September 4) at the start of a week-long visit to the Soviet Union.
The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Rallis, arrived in Moscow on Monday (September 4) at the start of a week-long visit to the Soviet Union. His trip is aimed at improving Greek-Soviet relations and, is the first official visit to the U.S.S.R. by a Greek Foreign Minister.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Rallis, accompanied by his wife, was met at Moscow Airport by Soviet Foreign minister Andrei Gromyko. Their talks were expected to centre on ways to improve the current poor relations between Greece and Turkey. The Greeks feel that the Soviets tend to favour the Turkish position in the dispute with Greece over division of the Aegean Sea continental shelf.
During his stay, Mr Rallis will sign an agreement leading to the opening of a Soviet Consulate in Salonika and a Greek one in Odessa. Economic affairs will also be discussed. The Greeks are hoping to supply the Soviets with wine in return for oil storage tanks, and the Soviet Union has proposals for the construction of an aluminium plant. Following his talks in Moscow, Mr Rallis will also visit leningrad and Kiev.