• Short Summary

    Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Belgrade today (Wednesday, 22 September) from Moscow to begin a four-day unofficial visit at the invitation of President Tito.

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    Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Belgrade today (Wednesday, 22 September) from Moscow to begin a four-day unofficial visit at the invitation of President Tito.

    Mr. Brezhnev is expected to discuss the role of the People's Republic of China in world affairs, and especially its influence in the Balkans, during his stay.

    The Soviet leader will also study Yugoslav workers' self-management in an effort to come to grips with the country's road to socialism which differs fundamentally from the tightly ordered Soviet system.

    SYNOPSIS: At Belgrade airport on Wednesday, President Tito headed a delegation of about 100 officials to welcome Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev, arriving on a four-day unofficial visit at President Tito's invitation. The welcome was described as friendly, but formal.

    President Tito met the Soviet leader with a double embrace at the foot of the aircraft steps. Mr. Brezhnev is expected to discuss the role of the People's Republic of China in world affairs, and especially in the Balkans, during his stay.

    In a later statement, Mr. Brezhnev called for the broadening and strengthening of cooperation between the Soviet and Yugoslav parties. The development of closer party ties, he added, would be discussed during his stay. He will study Yugoslav workers' self-management in an effort to come to grips with the country's road to socialism which differs fundamentally from the tightly ordered Soviet system. President Tito, in his reply, put the emphasis of the Soviet leader's visit on cooperation between Governments based on mutual esteem and equality. Yugoslavia, he said, was a non-aligned socialist country which sought to preserve peaceful relations on an equal footing.

    Thousands of welcoming citizens applauded the leaders who stood side by side in a car along the route to the city. The Soviet leader was later to attend a public reception in the Government buildings, and was scheduled to tour a factory on Thursday morning before beginning talks with President Tito.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA80VIUSUNFWGZUFWUT4XA67ACH
    Media URN:
    VLVA80VIUSUNFWGZUFWUT4XA67ACH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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