The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr. George Rallis, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (5 September) in?
The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr. George Rallis, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (5 September) in an effort to promote Greek-Soviet relations. according to the Times of London relations between the two countries have been bogged down for decades by ideological inhibitions and the bitter memories of the Greek civil war in late 1940's.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Rallis's official visit to the Soviet Union is the first by a Greek Foreign Minister and reports from Athens say the timing seems particularly significant because of what they call a marked Soviet tilt in favour of Turkey. Greece is keen to find out how Moscow would react to an extension of Greek territorial waters from six to 12 miles. Such a move would convert the Aegean into a semi-closed sea, but observers say it would also resolve to Greece's advantage the dispute with Turkey over the division of the continental shelf. The Soviet Union has opposed an extension in the past.
At a session with soviet Foreign minister Andrei gromyko discussions centred on economic matters. There are Soviet proposals for the construction of an aluminium plant in exchange for Greek wine exports to the Soviet Union.