President Tito of Yugoslavia has sent his top foreign policy advisor, Molos Minic, to Moscow to prepare the way for talks there next month between himself and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.
GV Aircraft taxiing on tarmac at Sheremetievo Airport, Moscow
SV Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and delegation walking towards aircraft
SV Milos Minic down aircraft steps and greeted by Gromyko (2 shots)
GV & SV Soviet party with Gromyko sit down opposite to Yugoslav delegation led by Minic (7 shots)
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Background: President Tito of Yugoslavia has sent his top foreign policy advisor, Molos Minic, to Moscow to prepare the way for talks there next month between himself and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. The summit meeting follows a year in which Soviet-Yugoslav relations have been seriously strained. It will open on May the sixteenth and is to be held in the Crimea.
SYNOPSIS: Minic was met on his arrival at Moscow's International Airport on Monday (23 April) by Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, and other government officials. Soon afterwards the two men held the first round of discussions, covering bilateral relations and international problems. But one thing Belgrade made very clear to Moscow there could be no bargaining or comprise on such issues as Yugoslavia's independence or its non-aligned status.
In a speech last week, President Title said his country was determined to pursue policies independent of the kremlin. He said Yugoslavia would also continue to develop its own unorthodox communist system of workers' self-management. Soviet officials said after the discussions that they had taken place in a friendly atmosphere.