While the three western leaders were attempting to hold the Summit proper at the Elysee Palace in the afternoon of May 17, Premier Khrushchev - his "conditions" not having been met by President Eisenhower - stayed at then Soviet Embassy where he received Canon Kir.
SV Canon Kir along pavement
SV Canon greeted by Khrushchev, in courtyard of Embassy
LV Khrushchev and Canon
GV Exterior of Russian Embassy
SV Canon leaves Embassy
SV Khrushchev surrounded by press and others in courtyard
CV Waves and enters Embassy
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Background: While the three western leaders were attempting to hold the Summit proper at the Elysee Palace in the afternoon of May 17, Premier Khrushchev - his "conditions" not having been met by President Eisenhower - stayed at then Soviet Embassy where he received Canon Kir.
As well as being mayor of Dijon, the 84-year-old priest is the oldest deputy of the French National Assembly. He is well known as en enthusiast for closer understanding with Russia in the interests of peace. Although no report was issued about the private talks between Khrushchev and the canon, the Soviet Premier's appreciation of the visit was borne out by the fact that Canon Kir arrived in a taxi and was later driven away in the Russian leader's personal car. When he returned to the Assembly he told other deputies: "Mr. Khrushchev is going, but he will come back after the Presidential elections in America to do better work in a calmer atmosphere. He still has the same feelings in favour of peace and the end of the cold war."
Canon Kir was the centre of attention last March, when during Khrushchev's visit of Dijon he was constrained by higher ecclesiastical authorities from greeting him in his official capacity as mayor. He was persuaded temporarily to leave the city.