INTRODUCTION: Soviet authorities in Moscow have given their strongest warning to Polish leaders that they must bring the Polish free trade union movements, Solidarity, under control.
SV Polish Communist Party leader Stanislaw Kania shakes hands with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev PAN TO delegates shaking hands
SV Delegates seated at conference table ZOOM IN TO Mr Kania seated
SV ZOOM INTO TO SCU Brezhnev seated facing Kania
SCU Kania seated at table
SCU PULL OUT Andrei Gromyko seated at table
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Soviet authorities in Moscow have given their strongest warning to Polish leaders that they must bring the Polish free trade union movements, Solidarity, under control. Reuters news agency reported on Thursday (5 March) that there were signs the Kremlin was not satisfied with the way the Polish Communist Party is handling events in Poland. The clue to Soviet displeasure, said Reuters, was in a communique issued after Soviet and Polish leaders met in Moscow on Wednesday (4 March). A key phrase said the Kremlin has expressed confidence that Polish Communists had the capability and strength to change the course of events in Poland.
SYNOPSIS: The Polish Party leader, Mr Stanislaw Kania, shaking hand with the Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, before another round of talks on Thursday (5 March). Reuters said their previous communique had also said the Polish leaders had been told that the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies would give Polish Communists all the support they needed "in their tense work to improve radically the situation in the country".
Western diplomatic analysts said this meant Moscow clearly expected Polish leaders to restore the Party's monopoly of power, with the assurance that the Kremlin would support any measures taken. Reuters said the composition of the Soviet team at the talks underlined that the Kremlin was looking for stern measures. Their team included KGB Security Police chief Yuri Andropov, Defence Minister Dmitry Ustinov, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and the Party's leading ideologist, Mikhail Suskov.