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    The Soviet Union's President and Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev presented the Byelorussian capital of Minsk with the "Hero City" award on Sunday (25 June).

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    The Soviet Union's President and Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev presented the Byelorussian capital of Minsk with the "Hero City" award on Sunday (25 June).

    SYNOPSIS: Accompanied by the Soviet Defence Minister, Marshal Dmitri Ustinov, Mr. Brezhnev pinned the awards to the city's flag. The city was awarded its honours for its heroism nearly 40 years ago in World War Two, when it took the brunt of the German offensive in the Summer of 1941. In 1974, Minsk was awarded the Order of Lenin and the gold medal of Hero of Socialist Labour.

    Mr. Brezhnev used the occasion to criticise the United States, claiming it was trying to play China against the Soviet Union. The authors of the move, he said, might have to repent bitterly for it.

    Mr. Brezhnev said China's militancy was shown by the Chinese delegate's speech at the United Nations' special disarmament session. he said recent attempts had been made in the United States at a high level and in quite cynical form to play China against the Soviet Union.

    Observers felt Mr. Brezhnev was referring to a recent visit to China by President Carter's National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski. It was reported that he had made an oblique attack on Soviet policy, saying neither China nor the United States sent marauders to advance big power ambitions in Africa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA568IW4XI1ZP9FYU185CKGHSW6
    Media URN:
    VLVA568IW4XI1ZP9FYU185CKGHSW6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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