Answering questions at his weekly press conference in Washington Jan 21 President Eisenhower described his talks with Mr.
Transcript: Mr. Mikoyan: "As all of you know there was no attempt at any negotiation. There was a statement of problems on both sides, trying to give some of the reasons why the positions in these issues were taken, as they were taken, by each side, and in order therefore to get a clearer understanding of the problem. There were no new proposals. In respect of his visit around the United States I think that was somewhat more important, and for that reason, actually, I sent him a message, because I am very hopeful that he will carry back information that is accurate, and no matter what, or how much of it, will be used for propaganda purposes, I believe he will be accurate in his reporting. Of one think he must be sure, that america wants peace, is ready to conciliate, is ready to match reasonableness with reasonableness but would not be pushed around, and I believe that he will understand that American people believe that as does any official Government."
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Background: Answering questions at his weekly press conference in Washington Jan 21 President Eisenhower described his talks with Mr. Mikoyan, First Deputy Premier of Russia, as a statement of problems on both sides. On relations with the Soviet Union he said the U.S. was ready to match reasonableness with reasonableness "but simply won't be pushed around". He thought Mr. Mikoyan's jaunt around American cities had probably been more memorable to him than his talks in Washington where there was no attempt at official negotiation.