INTRODUCTION: The Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, flew home to moscow from West Germany today (25 November) after an important series of meetings with the West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt.
GV Aeroflot aircraft on tarmac at Cologne-Bonn airport
SV Brezhnev and Schmidt walk towards aircraft surrounded by officials and guard of honour (2 shots)
SV Brezhnev aided up steps, then turns to wave.
SV Schmidt looks on
GV NIGHT Aeroflot aircraft taxies (2 shots) GV Soviet officials waiting on tarmac
GV Brezhnev leaves aircraft (3 shots)
SV Brezhnev walks on tarmac and greeted by Soviet officials (3 shots)
GV PULL OUT TO WIDE SHOT Brezhnev standing to attention with Soviet officials
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, flew home to moscow from West Germany today (25 November) after an important series of meetings with the West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt. It was a visit that highlighted the stark differences which exist between East and West on the ways to curb a nuclear arms build-up in Europe.
SYNOPSIS: The 74-year-old Soviet Chief was seen off from the Cologne-Bonn airport by Chancellor Schmidt, with whom he had held nearly nine hours of discussions. The two leaders made use of the final opportunity for talks by driving together to the airport from Gymnich Castle, outside Bonn, which had been Mr. Brezhnev's residence during his stay.
As Mr Brezhnev was aided up the aircraft steps, a joint communique was being issued in which the two countries declared that the imminent Soviet-U.S. talks on limiting medium range nuclear arms in Europe, should aim for an East-West balance at the lowest possible level. But the statement made it clear that both leaders could only agree to differ on how this accord should be achieved. Mr Brezhnev's frail appearance belied the tough stand he had taken during the talks.
Mr Schmidt looked on as the Soviet aircraft carrying Mr brezhnev, taxied on to the runway. In Moscow, Soviet officials were waiting to greet their leader.
Mr Brezhnev left the aircraft to be met by leading members of the Politburo and the Soviet Communist Party.
But, despite the lack of obvious agreement in Bonn, an influential Soviet magazine has markedly softened Moscow's criticism of President Reagan's peace proposals. The magazine, clearly reflecting official thinking,said it was of the utmost significance that the American President was now talking of peace.