Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev has been continuing his visit to West Germany so far marked by political discussions, protest demonstration and social glitter.
Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev has been continuing his visit to West Germany so far marked by political discussions, protest demonstration and social glitter. But the 71-year-old President, although he has been looking fitter than in recent public appearances, still looked drawn and tired and had to be helped to his feet on at least one occasion.
SYNOPSIS: Throughout the Soviet leader's visit to West Germany, security has been intense. When Mr, Brezhnev made the 45-kilometre journey to Bonn for a meeting with the West German President, troops were to be seen everywhere.
President Brezhnev's visit to West Germany has been geared so that he can have long rest periods between his rounds of talks. He was clearly still weakened by the illness which affected him for several weeks during the winter. His talks have been aimed at furthering detente, disarmament and economic co-operation with his West German hosts.
There have been a number of demonstrations during Mr. Brezhnev's visit...he has been portrayed as a "dangerous international terrorist" on placards...and a number of people have been detained by police. Some of the demonstrators have been named as members of West Germany's extreme left-wing Marxist-Leninist Communist Party.
During the talks observers noted that while his health may have suffered, his mental power's certainly had not. But when he went to the Bonn chancellery to pose for photographs with his hosts, he had difficulty in standing up again after sitting down for the pictures...and he had to be helped up by Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko and Herr Schmidt, the West German Chancellor.
Earlier, Mr. Brezhnev had attended a dinner in the historic Gymnich Castle, where he is staying. In his speech during the gala dinner, Mr. Brezhnev called for a binding, mutual agreement which would prevent the appearance of the neutron bomb.