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Britain and the Soviet Union have signed an agreement aimed at preventing nuclear war. The five-article agreement was signed at the Kremlin in Moscow, after a meeting on Monday (10 October) between the Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and British Foreign Secretary David Owen.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement was signed at the Kremlin's Alexander Hall, with Dr. Owen signing for Britain, and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signing for his country. It was the third agreement of its type that the Soviet Union had concluded with Western countries, earlier agreements having been reached with the United States and France. All have been aimed at preventing what has been termed "accidental" nuclear war.
The Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin and President Brezhnev also were present for the ceremony. At a meeting beforehand Mr. Brezhnev and Dr. Owen had discussed how their countries could work together internationally towards disarmament and detente. In the agreement both sides pledged to inform each other on "hot line" communications of any accident or unauthorised incident involving nuclear weapons which could create the risk of an outbreak of war.
Dr. Owen later told reporters his discussions with Mr Brezhnev had taken place in an atmosphere of "remarkable warmth" and Reuters News Agency reported that diplomatic observers saw the meeting as a strong sign of Kremlin interest in developing ties with Britain.