Nikita Kruschev, USSR Premier, was feted by Szczecin, Poland, July 17. After landing at the?
Nikita Kruschev, USSR Premier, was feted by Szczecin, Poland, July 17. After landing at the nearby airport, Mr. Kruschev was driven by car to the City Hall where the Council honoured him with the awarding of a 'Golden Griffin' medal.
Later, at a mass meeting, Mr. Kruschev called for a nuclear weapon-free zone extending from Scandinavia across central Europe to the Balkans. His appeal was directed at the Scandinavian countries he was scheduled to visit next month. He ???ker???gently on several scores. He outlined Western thought on rocket bases in Scandinavia accusing the politicians of seeing them as an attraction to counter-blows so that fewer bombs "will fall on us".
Kruschev called the Baltic "the sea of peace"; he described the Iron Curtain -"the line dividing the Socialist world from the capitalist world"- as "inviolable and sacred" and threatened anyone who might try to penetrate it. He expressed the hope that the Northern Europeans, particularly Denmark and Norway, would do everything to prevent their countries becoming bases for nuclear weapons.
The Soviet leader turned his attack to West Germany. He alleged that there were people who demanded a revision of the present Polish frontier, who wanted Wroclaw to be called Breslau, Szczecin to be called Stettin and Gdansk to be called Danzig again. He reaffirmed Soviet guarantees of the Oder-Neisse line.
Three days after this speech, Mr. Kruschev announced the postponement of his Scandinavian tour until "a more favourable time". Official Notes sent to the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Governments complained of hostility in certain newspapers and reactionary organisations towards the proposed visit and even Mr. Kruschev.
Finland also received a Note. In friendly terms it explained that Mr. Kruschev would not be visiting that country simply because he was not embarking on the rest of the Scandinavian trip.