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    West Germany and the Soviet Union today (Wednesday) signed a treaty to renounce the use of force and respect the inviolability of present frontiers in Europe.

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    West Germany and the Soviet Union today (Wednesday) signed a treaty to renounce the use of force and respect the inviolability of present frontiers in Europe.

    West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt and Soviet Premier, Alexei Kosygin signed the historic treaty in the Grand Palace of the Kremlin.

    The signing of the treaty represents a major step forward in Herr Brandt's "OSTPOLITIK"--Eastern Policy--of normalising relations with Communist countries.

    The 56-year-old German statesman, who was mayor of West Berlin at the height of the Cold War a decade ago, has been seeking detents with the Soviet Union, Poland and East Germany since he became head of government last October.

    The document was signed in the 120-year-old St. Catherine's Hall of the Grand Palace overlooking the Moscow River. It was initialled in Moscow last week by West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel and his Soviet counterpart, Andrei Gromyko after 12 days of negotiations.

    Under it, the two sides areas to renounce the use of force and respect the inviolability of existing frontiers, including the postwar Oder-Neisse frontier between Poland and Germany, and the border dividing postwar Germany into two states.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZAC8JB0T8MJGSFS4NULYRZN2
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZAC8JB0T8MJGSFS4NULYRZN2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
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    N/A

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