• Short Summary

    SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER ANDREI GROMYKO TRAVELLED TO WASHINGTON FROM NEW YORK, OCTOBER 6 TO MEET PRESIDENT KENNEDY AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

  • Description

    SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER ANDREI GROMYKO TRAVELLED TO WASHINGTON FROM NEW YORK, OCTOBER 6 TO MEET PRESIDENT KENNEDY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. HE WAS GREETED AT THE FRONT STEPS BY MAJOR GENERAL CHESTER V. CLINTON, THE PRESIDENT'S MILITARY AIDE. INSIDE HE WAS MET BY U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE DEAN RUSK. PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAT DOWN WITH THE SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER AND THEY EXCHANGED PLEASANTRIES, AS THEY POSED BY PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE OVAL ROOM, WHERE THE CONFERENCE WAS TO BE HELD.

    THE TALKS STARTED WITH ONLY MR. KENNEDY, MR. GROMYKO, MR. RUSK AND SOVIET DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER SEMENOV PRESENT, APART FROM TWO INTERPRETERS. THE GROUP WAS JOINED LATER BY AMBASSADOR MICHAIL A. MENSHIKOV AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOY KOHLER. THE MEETING FOR JUST OVER TWO HOURS.

    IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT MR. GROMYKO OUTLINED THE SOVIET DEMANDS ON BERLIN IN GREATER DETAIL THAN BEFORE, BUT THAT THIS ALSO MADE IT CLEARER THAT THE SITUATION IS NOT ENCOURAGING AND THAT THERE IS NO COMMON GROUND YET FOR FORMAL NEGOTIATIONS. THIS WAS ALSO CONFIRMED BY MR. RUSK, WHO IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW SAID THAT THE TALKS HAD BEEN HELD IN A "GOOD ATMOSPHERE" BUT THAT THEY HAD NOT YET SHOWN WHAT POSSIBILITIES THERE WERE FOR FORMAL NEGOTIATIONS. HE ALSO SAID THAT IF THE BERLIN CRISIS DEEPENED IT WOULD BE PLACED BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS, AND THAT THE AMERICAN DEFENSIVE MILITARY ACTIONS WERE TAKEN ONLY IN RESPONSE TO THREATS FROM ABROAD.

    MR. GROMYKO IS EXPECTED TO PASS THROUGH LONDON ON OCT 10 ON HIS WAY HOME FROM NEW YORK. NO OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF THIS HAS YET BEEN MADE AND THERE HAS BEEN NO SOVIET APPROACH, SO FAR, TO ARRANGE ANOTHER MEETING WITH LORD HOME, THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACJL1RK7N2MJM3FH6IDUC5KFT7
    Media URN:
    VLVACJL1RK7N2MJM3FH6IDUC5KFT7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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