On the third day of his five-day visit to India, Soviet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev, had four hours of talks with Mrs.
On the third day of his five-day visit to India, Soviet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev, had four hours of talks with Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister. At the end of the talks on Wednesday (28 November), an Indian spokesman said possibilities of increased economic cooperation had been "examined" and agreed on, and the day before the Soviet leader had hinted at a possible treaty, in an address given in New Delhi.
At the joint press conference following the talks, an Indian spokesman declined to comment on a report carried in the Indian press that the Soviet Union would provide India with three million tons of crude oil over the next twelve months.
A Soviet spokesman then read a statement, authorised by Mr. Brezhnev, saying that details of the "exhaustive talks" would be made public on Thursday (29 November). The bulk of Wednesday's meeting, according to the spokesmen, was taken up with a discussion of India's economic and social aims and achievements. Asian security was apparently not discussed although the subject had been raised during earlier meetings.
Besides the official talks, Mr. Brezhnev addressed members of the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society on Wednesday in New Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan. After a speech that lasted nearly half-an-hour, the Soviet leader presented a painting, entitled "Moscow 1973", to the Society.
A joint declaration is to be signed by leaders of the two countries before Mr. Brezhnev's visit ends.