Only two hours after landing in Moscow yesterday (Monday), United States President Richard Nixon held his first - and private - round of talks with Communist party Chief Leonid Brezhnev.
Only two hours after landing in Moscow yesterday (Monday), United States President Richard Nixon held his first - and private - round of talks with Communist party Chief Leonid Brezhnev. With only an interpreter present, the two leaders spoke for nearly two hours - delaying that evening's State Banquet in the Kremlin by 30 minutes.
After the meeting, White House Pres Secretary Ronald Ziegler said that the talks had been "businesslike and frank" - and indicated that differences over Vietnam, the Middle East and other international problems had been discussed at length. Diplomatic sources are reported to suggest that Mr. Mixon and Mr Brezhnev had decided to discuss their differences first, in before proceeding with the wider discussions of their Summit talks which began today (Tuesday) with the presence of the full delegations on both sides, including Soviet president Podgorny and Premier Kosygin; and U.S. Secretary of State Rogers and Presidential adviser Kissinger.
A white House spokesman said that President Nixon and Party Chief Brezhnev attached great importance to the Summit and have expressed mutual conviction that "an achievement of constructive results...would meet the interests of the peoples of the world as well as well as the objectives of relaxation of international tension and the strengthening of security".
SYNOPSIS: Only two hours after his arrival in Moscow on Monday, U.S. President Nixon held a round of private talks with Communist Party Chief Brezhnev - in what was later described as a "businesslike and frank" atmosphere. With only an interpreter present, the two leaders are reported to have discussed their differences over Vietnam the Middle East and other international problems. Diplomatic sources have suggested that they decided to talk over these differences alone, before proceeding with the wider discussions of the Summit. In this way, if there were any issues on which they could not alter each other's stands, they could put them aside, rather than let them affect the Summit. A White House spokesman said after the two-hour meeting, that both leaders attached great importance to the Summit and hoped for "constructive results".