The Soviet Union on Saturday (23 March) opened the biggest trade and industry fair it has ever staged in the west.
GV Soviet Exhibition Hall.
SV INT "Lada" Soviet cars on display. (3 shots)
SV & CU Programmes weaving machine. (3 shots)
SV PAN Soviet textiles on display.
GV Furs on display models
SV & CU Children's toys. (2 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Union on Saturday (23 March) opened the biggest trade and industry fair it has ever staged in the west.
The Fair, with 8,000 exhibits ranging form cars and toys to jewellery, cameras and heavy equipment was agreed on last May when Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev visited West Germany.
Its aim is apparently to help close the present disparity in trade between the two countries. West Germany exports to the Soviet Union last year totalled 3,114 million marks (522 million sterling) while Soviet exports to West Germany totalled 1,993 million marks (332 million sterling).
Yet on the eve of the exhibition it was announced that the Soviet Union would pay in cash for West German equipment worth 2,500 million marks (415 million sterling) to be used in the first construction stage of a large steel works outside Kursk, south of Moscow.