The Soviet Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev, received an overwhelming public welcome upon his arrival in Bucharest on Monday (22 November).
The Soviet Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev, received an overwhelming public welcome upon his arrival in Bucharest on Monday (22 November). The three day visit to Rumania ended with a joint declaration on further. cooperation between the two countries, signed by Brezhnev and Rumanian President, Nicolae Ceausescu, on Wednesday (24 November).
SYNOPSIS: The Rumanian President and party leader was at the airport to greet Leonid Brezhnev, who visited Bucharest for the first time in ten years. Red carpet was rolled out all the way, and there were crowds estimated at up to 200,000 people. The size of the reception for the Soviet leader was seen as attempt at demonstrating Rumania's willingness to improve its often strained relations with the Kremlin.
Both leader appeared determined to steer their bilateral relations into less stormy waters when they opened the second round of discussions on Tuesday (23 November) Rumanian Prime Minister, Manea Manescu, and Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, also participated. The joint declaration signed on Wednesday (24 November), provides for "continued development of fraternal calibration and friendship" between the two countries. But diplomatic observers in Bucharest, assessing previous statements made by the two leaders during the visit, said they did not indicate that either country had made any major concessions to the other.