Warm applause greeted Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, for the first time since his arrival in Vienna when he visited the Austrian Automobile factory on the outskirts of the city, July 1.
Warm applause greeted Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, for the first time since his arrival in Vienna when he visited the Austrian Automobile factory on the outskirts of the city, July 1. A Russian flag flew from the main building and a red placard bid him welcome as about 1,000 Communist supporters waved flags and cheered.
On a tour through the work-shops, the Russian leader - now on the second day or his 8-day official visit - had many a work to say to the workers on their living conditions and wages. Speaking later to the factory employees, Mr Khrushchev said: "Universal controlled disarmament would already be a reality if it depended only on us. But aggressive forces are at work in some countries - you can guess yourselves in which - that oppose the slightest improvement in international relations."
The Austrian Automobile factory was under Soviet administration during the occupation and now delivers refrigerator lorries to Russia as part of Austria's reparations.
Later in the day, Premier Khrushchev told 350 Austrian businessmen that Russia walked out of the Geneva disarmament talks because the Western Powers had converted the 10-Power committee into an instrument for carrying on endless verbal disputes. He said they transferred the question to the United Nations where they would fight for a solution.