Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko gave a breakfast in Moscow on Thursday (20 April) in honour of United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.
GV INTERIOR United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance moves through group and shakes hands with others.
GV DELEGATES entering conference room.
GV Mr. Vance Moves across room and shakes hands with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
GV Mr. Gromyko and Mr. Vance chatting with others.
GV and CU Mr. Gromyko and Mr. Vance leaving.
The American Embassy protested to the Soviet Foreign Ministry after the official Soviet News Agency Tass refused to transmit pictures taken by American photographers showing police forcibly removing Mr. McClellan. Soviet State television later blacked out a U.S. television news film as it was about to be sent to New York by satellite. Mr. Vance associated himself with a U.S. statement regretting the incident. Reports said Mrs. McClellan had been frog-marched to a police hut and released after being warned to behave herself.
Soviet Chairman Leonid Brezhnev and former president Gerald Ford laid down the Guidelines for the new SALT agreement in 1974. But the two countries have not yet managed to conclude a new pact. The Kremlin has made it clear it expects the United States to make the next concessions.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko gave a breakfast in Moscow on Thursday (20 April) in honour of United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Later, the two men had seven hours of talks as they launched a new effort to conclude a Strategic Arms Limitation Agreement.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vance had arrived in Moscow the previous evening. A United States spokesman the later Vance-Gromyko discussion was almost entirely devoted to the long-stalled strategic arms talks. They spent some time laying out their respective country's position.
Moscow's relations with the United States have been cool almost since President Carter took office in January last year. The Soviets contend the blame for the poor relations lies with Mr. Carter;s critical attitudes on human rights. The atmosphere for these resumed talks suffered on Thursday where a Russian woman chained herself to the United States Embassy railings in Moscow. The woman, Mrs. Irena McClellan, wants Soviet permission to emigrate to join her American husband in the United States.