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    The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr. George Rallis, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (5 September) in?

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    CU Greek Foreign Minister George Rallis greeted by Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko

    MV Soviet and Greek delegations take seats at conference table

    CU Soviet delegates PAN TO Greeks ZOOM INTO Rallis

    CU Gromyko PULL BACK TO SV conference in progress (2 shots)

    According to the Times of London Greece would like to obtain Moscow's support for their efforts to settle the Aegean rights dispute with Turkey by peaceful means and refer it to the International court of Justice -- a procedure that Turkey has rejected in favour of bilateral talks. During his visit Mr. Rallis will visit Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev and sign a consular agreement providing for the opening of a Soviet consulate in Salonika and a Greek one in Odessa. The Times said that a Greek-Soviet cultural agreement which has been under negotiation for the past two years may not be signed if the Soviets continue to insist that cultural exchanges should not be under the exclusive control of foreign ministries.

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    Background: 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.

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