SYNOPSIS: Arriving in Leningrad on January 12 was Prime Minister of Australia Edward Whitlem. He?
GV of Pulkovo airport. T. Guzhenko, V. Kazakov and J. Plimsoll welcoming Prime Minister.
E. Whitlem, T.Guzhenko V. Kazakov during ceremony
Dtpy Manager Mr Krutskikh giving explanations
Vnukovo Airport A. Kosygin meets E. Whitlem E. Whitlem places wreath
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Background: SYNOPSIS: Arriving in Leningrad on January 12 was Prime Minister of Australia Edward Whitlem. He is in the Solvated Union official at the invitation of the Soviet government.
He was welcomed at the airport by Soviet Merchant Navy minister T. Guzhenko, Mayor of Leningrad V. Kazakov and other officials.
To meet Prime Minister there was also at the airport Sir James Plimsoll, ambassador of Australia to the USSR.
On January 13 the prime minister visited Piskarev cemetery of Leningraders who died during the seige in WW II, and placed a wreath of laurels at the monument of Motherland.
Words written on the red band read, "To the heroic defenders of Leningrad as recognition of all they did to save all of us."
the distinguished guest visited the war memorial museum at the cemetery.
On the same day Australian Prime Minister visited the Arctic and Antarctic Research Centre.
Later in the day he visited hermitage Art Museum and saw Italian, Spanish and Flemish painting and works by world famous sculptors.
The Leningrad City Soviet Executive Committee gave a dinner for Prime Minister of Austria.
On January 14 Australian Prime Minister ??? in Moscow from leningrad. He is in the Soviet Union on an official visit at the invitation of the Soviet government.
Later in the day Prime Minister placed a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin Wall.
At 15 p.m. talks began in the Kremlin between Prime Minister of Australia E.Whitlem and the Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin.
Both men exchanged opinions on the state and prospects of development of relationships between the Soviet Union and Australia.
The discussion is reported to have had a business-like and constructive nature.
Talks will continue on January 15.