In Paris, the Soviet and French Foreign Ministers, Mr. Andrei Gromyko and Monsieur Louis de?
SV INT Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko being greeted by French officials, including M. de Guiringaud.
GV INT Delegates at conference table.
CU Gromyko and ZOOM OUT TO him seated with other delegates (2 SHOTS)
CU M. De Guiringaud and ZOOM OUT TO him seated with other officials. (2 SHOTS)
Mr. Gromyko's visit was part of regular Franco-Soviet consultations which began under President Charles De Gaulle in 1966. The French arms deal with China has still to be vetted by COCOM, the Western co-ordinating committee which screens sales of arms by the West to Communist countries. Mr. Gromyko's visit has aroused little interest in France itself. The talks are also expected to bring a request from the Russians to boost trade between he countries, but France has often complained in the past that such exchanges were one-sided, with the USSR reluctant to buy French goods.
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Background: In Paris, the Soviet and French Foreign Ministers, Mr. Andrei Gromyko and Monsieur Louis de Guiringaud, have been holding talks to restore the traditionally good relations between the two countries. In recent weeks, these relations have greatly cooled, in part because of the French plan to sell arms to China and also because the French government has condemned the repression of Soviet dissidents
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gromyko drove straight from the airport' to the Foreign Ministry to begin the talks. After a preliminary two-hour session, both sides were playing down their differences over France's strengthening ties with China. The two men were scheduled to talk about ways of boosting trade and technical co-operation. Mr. Gromyko was also to meet French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. The Soviet Minister's visit follows that of a high level Chinese delegation last week, during which it was announced that France would supply China with advanced technology and arms.
After the preliminary meeting, Mr. Gromyko told newsmen he and Monsieur de Guiringaud had talked about the need not only to safeguard, but also to broaden, Franco-Soviet co-operation. But neither side gave any definite word about whether Mr. Gromyko directly broached the subject of the Chinese arms deal.