In a heated, expectant atmosphere, Soviet Prime Minister, Nikita Khrushchev, addressed a mammoth press conference May 18, at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris.
In a heated, expectant atmosphere, Soviet Prime Minister, Nikita Khrushchev, addressed a mammoth press conference May 18, at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. He was flanked on his right by Foreign Minister Mr Gromyko, and on his left by Defence Minister Marshal Malinovsky during the 2 1/2 hour conference during which boos and applause came from the thousands of reporters present.
Premier Khrushchev, asked if he intended to make a separate peace treaty with East Germany, firmly stated that the Soviet Government intended to sign this treaty, but refused to say when. Earlier, he had mounted the rostrum to some booing spurring him to an angry tirade denouncing the booers as "imperialist lackeys sent by Dr Adenauer." At times he was conciliatory and at other times would speak with a beaming smile of his liking for the American people. At times he was in red-faced anger as he loudly denounced again and again the American U-2 flights.
Scathingly, he spoke of President Eisenhower's "fishiness" which he had suspected, he said, during their talks at Camp David. He often reverted to the fate that awaited any intruder into Soviet territory. Speaking of meeting Western leaders he said (SOF from translator):
He said that another Summit conference could be convened within six or eight months if there were no "provocations" against Russia. Mr Khrushchev said that Russia was still firmly for co-existence and agreements and was willing to continue Geneva talks on disarmament and a nuclear test ban.