President Nixon was given a warm family welcome to Moscow on Thursday (27 June) when he arrived for summit talks.
GV President Nixon's 'plane taxiing past guard of honour
SV Brezhnev, Kosygin and other leaders wait to greet Nixon
MV President & Mrs. Nixon out of 'plane and down steps
SV Nixon greeted by Leonid Brezhnev and others (2 shots)
SV President Nixon, Mr. Brezhnev cross tarmac and met by officer with sword (2 shots)
GV & MV President Nixon and Mr. Brezhnev inspecting guard of honour (2 shots)
MV Nixon being introduced by officials (2 shots)
STV Mr. Nixon walks along line of spectators holding U.S. flags and shaking hands
"They were possible because of the personal relationship established between the General Secretary and the President of the United States," he said.
"There is no question of our will to keep these agreements and make more when they are in our mutual interest," he added.
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Background: President Nixon was given a warm family welcome to Moscow on Thursday (27 June) when he arrived for summit talks.
There to greet him on the tarmac was Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev who in the past has not attended official airport welcomes. Most members of the all-powerful Soviet Politburo were also at the airport and the United States President and Mrs. Nixon were also greeted by the wives of Soviet leaders, including Mrs. Brezhev who presented a bouquet of red roses.
The United States President walked past children waving American flags and then drove to the Kremlin to open talks on nuclear arms controls and other world issues.
Later at a banquet given by President Nikolai Podgorny, President Nixon said the Soviet-American agreements in the last two years totalled more than all those signed in previous years.
Mr. Nixon arrived in Moscow from Brussels fresh from signing a new declaration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation which it is believed will give him a stronger hand in the Moscow negotiations.
On Friday (28 June) before resuming the summit talks President Nixon will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldiers. In the evening he will attend a special display of dancing in Moscow's famed Bolshoi Theatre.
United States Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger at a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday evening (26 June) was cautious on hopes of agreement on principle on a partial ban on underground nuclear tests. He said agreement had not yet been reached on a threshold have which tests would be prohibited.
But the Secretary of State did hold out hope for a trade agreement even though the Nixon administration's trade bill giving the Soviet Union "most favoured nation" status is held up in Congress because of demands for better treatment and easier immigration for Soviet Jews.
SYNOPSIS: Air Force One -- President Nixon's aircraft arrives in Moscow on Thursday to a full official welcome.
Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev in a break with tradition was there himself to welcome President and Mrs. Nixon to the Soviet Union. Mr. Brezhnev's presence together with most members of Soviet Politburo was taken as a special gesture of esteem -- and a hopeful sign for the Summit talks.
President Nixon was also given a family style welcome -- from the wives of the Soviet leaders. President Nixon was arriving from Brussels fresh from signing a new NATO declaration.
In this his third summit with Mr. Brezhnev President Nixon is expected to have talks on nuclear arms controls and other world issues.
There are hopes of agreements in principle on a partial ban on underground nuclear testing. But so far a limit on the strength of tests permissible has not been decided.
After the official ceremonies President Nixon and Mr. Brezhnev began their discussions. Later on Thursday Mr. Nixon said the Soviet-American agreements of the last two years had been possible because of his personal relationship with Mr. Brezhnev.
The American President said they had the will to keep those agreements and make more -- when they were in their mutual interest.
The two leaders will also have talks to try to reach agreement on controlling the proliferation of nuclear rockets with multiple warheads.
According to Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger there are hopes of a Soviet-American trade agreement being concluded. But a Nixon administration trade bill giving the Soviet Union "most favoured nation" status is being blocked by Congressmen demanding better treatment and easier emigration for Soviet Jews. The summit discussions continue on Friday.