Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev was greeted by President Schaerf of Austria, on his arrival at Vienna's new Schwechat Airport, June 30, at the start of his eight-day official visit.
Russia's Premier Nikita Khrushchev was greeted by President Schaerf of Austria, on his arrival at Vienna's new Schwechat Airport, June 30, at the start of his eight-day official visit. With his wife and daughter Elena, he left the aircraft and inspected the 120-man guard of honour. Last time the Russian leader visited the city - in 1946 - he was in army uniform - attached to a military mission.
Also at the airport was Austrian Chancellor Raab and Dr Kreisky, his Foreign Minister. Included in the Russian party was Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko and Minister of Culture, Madame Furtseva.
After a speech of welcome from the Austrian President, the two leaders drove off in a closed car, screened by a motor-cycle escort, to a reception given by the Austrian President. While in Vienna, Premier Khrushchev and his party will stay at the Hotel Imperial. After three days in the city he will leave on a 500 mile provincial tour in a special mail bus fitted with radio and television.
Only two hours of the visitor's programme have been set aside for formal talks with the Austrian Government. It is expected that the talks will cover the trade agreement included in the Austro-Soviet treaty of 1955.