Rumanian Foreign Minister, Stephen Andrei arrived in Moscow on Monday (29 January) for an official visit.
Rumanian Foreign Minister, Stephen Andrei arrived in Moscow on Monday (29 January) for an official visit. Andrei had talks with the Soviet Foreign Minister on recent policy differences between Moscow and Bucharest.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Andrei's visit was described by East European sources as the first in a series of consultations between Warsaw Pact Governments. Mr Andrei was met at the airport by his opposite number in the Kremlin, Mr Andrei Gromyko.
The talks have been described by Western observers as sensitive in the light of Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu's recent public criticisms of Soviet policies.
President Ceausescu has publicly contradicted the Kremlin over the need to increase Warsaw Pact military spending, and over its policies regarding the Camp David peace talks between the United States, Egypt and Israel, and most recently, over events in Kampuchea (Cambodia). Rumania is also out of step with Moscow over its plans to negotiate its own trade agreements with the European Economic Community.
The Soviet News Agency, Tass, reported that the talks took place in what it called" a businesslike and comradely atmosphere". Tass went on to say that the ministers noted the deepening of all-round co-operation Union. The Soviet press has not given great publicity to Mr Andrei's visit, and portrayed it simply as the repaying of a visit by Mr Gromyko to Bucharest last year.