Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev is due to arrive in Vienna, June 30, for an eight-day official visit to Austria.
Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev is due to arrive in Vienna, June 30, for an eight-day official visit to Austria. It will be the first visit to the Soviet Premier has made to Western Europe since the Paris Summit conference ended in failure earlier this year. The Russian leader's visit is in response to an invitation from Chancellor Raab, who visited Moscow last year.
While in Vienna, Premier Khrushchev will attend a performance at the State Opera House - rebuilt since the war. He has been invited to address a meeting of the communist led Austro-Soviet Society, and a meeting of Austrian businessmen. Only one large press conference will be held at the end of his 3-day stay in Vienna. At the tomb of the Unknown Russian Soldier he will lay a wreath, and later visit the St. Stephen's Cathedral. During his stay, Premier Khrushchev and his family will stay at the Hotel Imperial.
For security reasons the Soviet party will travel by helicopter for a greater part of the 5-day provincial tour. A trip to the Voest Steel Works near Linz is planned, allowing the Prime Minister to inspect the greatest project in the Austrian nationalised steel industry. Taking advantage of the countryside, he will spend a night at the Lake Fuschl near Salzburg, before crossing the Alps by car into the province of Carinthia.
An appeal from the Roman Catholic Church urges all catholics to avoid attending and demonstrations in favour of the Russian Premier. The most enthusiastic welcome in his tour is likely to come from members of the small Communist Party. Only two hours of his programme have been set aside for formal talks with the Austrian Government.