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    Cares of the cold war were drowned in Champagne. Perspiring waiters ferried caviar and vodka?

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    Background: Cares of the cold war were drowned in Champagne. Perspiring waiters ferried caviar and vodka through the close-pressing mob. Voices were raised in convivial 'sing song'. This little social gathering filmed by Visnews Jan 19 had all the finer points of a Hollywood film premier ... it was in fact a farewell party given for Mr Anastas Mikoyan, Soviet First Deputy Premier, before his return to Moscow after a two week visit to the United States.

    No voice was raised in song stronger than that of Mr. Mikoyan himself. Welcoming wavy haired pianist Van Cliburn, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow last year, with a 'Long Lost Son' routine. Mikoyan begged him to sit at the grand piano and play. As Cliburn rendered 'Moscow Nights' ( currently at the top of the Moscow Hit Parade ) Mikoyan sang loud and long while tears ran down his face. Through an interpreter Mikoyan revealed a secret ambition, " If only I could have, I would have preferred to be a dancer. "..... his singing wasn't too bad either.

    Afterwards Van Cliburn and Mikoyan talked for nearly an hour in a private room.

    Joe Stalin, who's picture still hangs on the Embassy wall. might have said "Things have changed since I went away".

    While flying from Idlewild to Copenhagen Jan 20, Mr. Mikoyan's DC 7 airliner was forced to land at the American Air Base, Argentina, Newfoundland, when one engine caught fire and another had to feathered. A relief airliner is on its way to pick him up.

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