Denmark's Prime Minister, Mr. Anker Jorgensen, was in the Soviet Union earlier this week, on?
Denmark's Prime Minister, Mr. Anker Jorgensen, was in the Soviet Union earlier this week, on an official visit. He led a Danish Government delegation during a series of meetings with their Russian counterparts.
The Russians were headed by the Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Alexei Kosygin. The Soviet Foreign Minster, Mr. Andrei Gromyko, also took part in the talks.
On Tuesday (17 October), the two premiers were to have had another meeting, but Mr. Kosygin had to cancel it. He sent his Danish guest a personal apology, but gave no specific reason for the cancellation. His place was taken, both on Tuesday and Wednesday, by the First Deputy Premier, Mr. Kirill Mazurov. The Soviet Foreign Ministry declined to discuss reports that Mr. Kosygin was outside the country.
Speaking at a lunch given in honour of Mr. Jorgensen on Monday, Mr. Kosygin reaffirmed that the Kremlin's policy in the Middle East was aimed at ensuring "guaranteed security for all the countries and peoples of the area". Soviet officials have often hinted that such wording means Israel as well as the Arab states.
SYNOPSIS: Denmark's Prime Minister, Mr. Anker Jorgensen, was in Moscow earlier this week for talks with the Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Alexei Kosygin, and other Russian officials. The talks, which were to discuss questions of common interest, were inevitably overshadowed by the Middle East War. Following this first conference, Mr. Kosygin had to cancel another meeting with Mr. Jorgensen, which was to have taken place on Tuesday.
Western newsmen in Moscow were unable to find out where Mr. Kosygin was on either Tuesday or Wednesday. No reason was given for the cancellation, and the Foreign Ministry wouldn't discuss reports that Mr. Kosygin was out of the country.