Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko spoke to reporters on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday (13 June) after his talks with French President Pompidou.
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Background: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko spoke to reporters on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday (13 June) after his talks with French President Pompidou. Mr. Gromyko arrived in the French capital on Monday (12 June) for two days of talks with the President and other leaders, mainly on European security.
Mr. Gromyko said during his meeting with the President that the Soviet Union and France were the two greatest nations in continental Europe and the two powers who most want detente in europe. Referring to the proposed European security conference,the Soviet Foreign Minister said that the French and Soviet approaches were identical.
Mr. Gromyko told reporters that the meeting had been friendly and useful. He said they had discussed a variety of bilateral interests including Europe.
The Soviet Foreign Minister also said that France-Soviet cooperation was a permanent factor in international politics. He said that President Nixon's visit to Moscow and the implementation of the four-power Berlin agreement had op???ed the path to improved inter-European relations. Mr. Gromyko said that henceforth, the main task was to summon the pan-European security conference.
It was reported that the question of mutual balanced force reductions between eh North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Warsaw Pact powers should be separated from the security conference.
During his talks in the French capital, Mr. Gromyko was also expected to discuss the Middle East and Vietnam.