After his talks with the Soviet Government in Moscow, President Nixon --who arrived in the Russian capital on Thursday (June 27) -- will make trips to Yalta and Minsk.
After his talks with the Soviet Government in Moscow, President Nixon --who arrived in the Russian capital on Thursday (June 27) -- will make trips to Yalta and Minsk. On Friday the American leader will hold talks, see the Bolshoi ballet and possibly sign an agreement. On Saturday he will make the trip to Yalta on the Black Sea.
Yalta is the scene of the historic meeting between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt in 1945. The meeting decided the future of Europe and its effects are still being felt. Opponents to the Yalta agreement said the two western leaders sold out to Stalin and, as a result, countries such as Poland came under Soviet influence and have remained so for 30 years. Mr. Nixon's trip to Yalta is at the wish of the Soviet Union.
On Monday (1 July), Mr. Nixon will go to Minsk, one of the oldest cities in the Soviet Union. During his stay Mr. Nixon will place a wreath in Victory Square in memory of the inhabitants who died during the Nazi occupation. One in four people died and the city was almost destroyed.
SYNOPSIS: Thirty years have passed, and a new Minsk has risen. It now has a population over a million and modern apartments have been built on the ruins of the old city.