• Short Summary

    A historic new treaty between West Germany and the Soviet Union, committing both nations to renounce the use of force and respect existing European frontiers as inviolable, was initialled on August 7 in the Soviet capital by Foreign Ministers Walter Scheel and Andrei Gromyko.

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    A historic new treaty between West Germany and the Soviet Union, committing both nations to renounce the use of force and respect existing European frontiers as inviolable, was initialled on August 7 in the Soviet capital by Foreign Ministers Walter Scheel and Andrei Gromyko.

    On Tuesday (August II) the west German Cabinet gave final approval for the signing of the new treaty in Moscow. Later the West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Foreign Minister Scheel flew to Moscow for the signing ceremony the next day.

    The Bonn Government's smooth preparations for the most significant moment so far in its drive for better relations with Eastern Europe were rocked this morning (August II) when the mass circulation "Bild Zaitung and the Hamburg newspaper" Die Welt" published what they claimed was the full text of the treaty, which was not due to be published until it was signed.

    The two newspapers also published the two instruments which are to accompany the treaty, a letter from Bonn to the Kremlin emphasising Germany's right to self-determination, and a letter from Bonn to the three Western powers- the United States, Britain and France - re-affirming their rights and responsibilities for Germany as a whole, and for Berlin.

    Questioned at a Press Conference on the effect of the publication on the treaty, Herr Scheel said it would merely damage the German image.

    Earlier government spokesman Ruediger Von Wechmar Sharply attacked the conduct of the two papers, both of which are part of the giant Axel Springer chain, and favour the conservative opposition Christian Democrats.

    "The contempt for German and national interests shown by this action-and for the credibility of this state - is exceeded only by the disregard for fair journalistic principles, said Herr Van Wechmar.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACEOUJD051YCGKKSGXD4UQP7YD
    Media URN:
    VLVACEOUJD051YCGKKSGXD4UQP7YD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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