• Short Summary

    The Soviet Union and Austria signed a long-term economic agreement on Tuesday (July 3) -- climaxing a surprise visit by Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin.

  • Description

    The Soviet Union and Austria signed a long-term economic agreement on Tuesday (July 3) -- climaxing a surprise visit by Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin. The pact also provides for wide technological co-operation, in the steel, paper, wood and ship-building industries, over the next 10 years.

    Mr. Kosygin was last in Austria in the summer of 1960, when he was Deputy Premier to Mr. Nikita Khrushchev. An invitation to make a return visit was extended to him years ago, but he accepted only four weeks ago. The acceptance took the Austrian Government by surprise. The Chancellor, Dr. Bruno Kreisky, was overseas and had to be given the news by telephone.

    Mr. Kosygin's visit coincided with the European security conference in Helsinki, and some observers feel the two events were linked.

    Mr. Kosygin could have been enlisting Austrian support for its stand at the conference. During the visit, Mr. Kosygin told his host, the Soviet Union was determined to strengthen political and economic relations with Austria. In addition, he said his country would do everything possible to entrench world peace.

    Mr. Kosygin left for home on Thursday (July 5).

    SYNOPSIS: The little town of Duernstein, on the Danube in Lower Austria, experienced unprecedented security precautions on Wednesday (July 4) during a brief visit by Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin.

    The official motorcade made the stop-over after a tour of Austria's biggest steel complex at Linz. The breath of village life was a vast change for the Soviet leader, who's spent two days conferring with the Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Bruno Kreisky.

    Mr. Kosygin's visit took the Austrian Government by surprise. He was last there as Deputy Premier to Mr. Khrushchev in 1960. The invitation to return had been there for years, but was accepted only a month ago. Dr. Kreisky was overseas at the time, and had to be notified by telephone.

    Mr. Kosygin's visit coincided with the European security conference in Helsinki -- and observers say he may have sought Austrian support for the Soviet position at the conference.

    The climax of the Kosygin visit was on Tuesday, when the two countries signed a 10-year economic agreement, which involves co-operation in the steel, paper, wood and ship-building industries. Mr. Kosygin said the Soviet Union was determined to strengthen political and economic relations with Austria. He said, too, the USSR would do everything possible to entrench world peace.

    Mr. Kosygin returned home to Moscow on Thursday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63LU8NHS9QDKTR1WT8QNDF16
    Media URN:
    VLVA63LU8NHS9QDKTR1WT8QNDF16
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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