The Soviet President, Mr ???, and the Yugoslav leader President Tito, began two days of talks in Moscow on Wednesday (17 August).
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Background: The Soviet President, Mr ???, and the Yugoslav leader President Tito, began two days of talks in Moscow on Wednesday (17 August). The two leaders spent most of the day discussing the problems of relations between communist parties in Europe. Differences between Moscow and Belgrade on this question have intensified since recent Soviet attacks on Eurocommunism, the independent line taken by Western european parties.
SYNOPSIS: Before the talks began, President Tito was given the order of the October Revolution at a special ceremony in the Kremlin. There, to present the award was the Soviet leader Mr Brezhnev. In attendance, were members of the Soviet Politburo and the Communist Party Central Committee. The award was given to the Yugoslav leader to mark his eighty-fifth birthday and for past services to the communist movement. The glittering ceremony underlined the importance Soviet leaders attach to his visit.
The warmness of the Kremlin ceremony didn't stop President Tito however from expressing his differences over Eurocommunism with the Soviet Union at a state banquet which followed. President Tito said that the question of relations between communist parties was taking on growing significance. Mr Brezhnev replied emphasising soviet respect for the independence of Yugoslavia but reminded President Tito that communist parties should also be striving for solidarity.