Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev arrived at Orly Airport in Paris on Monday night (25th June) at the beginning of a two-day stay in France.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev arrived at Orly Airport in Paris on Monday night (25th June) at the beginning of a two-day stay in France. During his visit he held talks with Visit Geergs Pompidou about his summit meeting with President Nixon.
Mr. Brezhnev accompanied by his Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, was greeted by French Prime Minister Pierre Messmer as he stepped off his Aereflet airliner. He made no statement to the press and was immediately whisked off to the 14th century chateau at Rambouillet, southwest of Paris. The chateau -- also used by Nikita Khrushchev and Alexai Keeygin during their visits in 1960 and 1966 -- was beth home and conference-center for Mr. Brezhnev during his stay.
The Soviet leader and President Pompidou launched into their talks early the next day (Tuesday 26th June). Upsetting the schedule and scarcely leaving time for a lunch-break, the two men held intensive discussions for seven hours. A French spokesman later described the talks as 'very constrictive and very positive'.
French officials also added that it was Mr. Brezhnev who has expressly requested the two-day meeting, in an apparent attempt to convince President Pompidou that the Soviet-American detente agreements signed during the United States summit did not force any undesirable situation on Europe. Later reports indicated that this attempt had succeeded.
Against a background of anxiety that the Soviet-American understanding - especially that part relating to nuclear and other arms limitation -- may have been struck at Europe's expense, M. Pompidou accepted Mr. Brezhnev's reassurance, but also expressed concern about lack of consultation among world leaders on matters of importance.