EDITORIAL NOTES: President Nixon and Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev signed a joint declaration in Moscow on Monday (29 May) which sets forth the principles of their countries' future relations.
EDITORIAL NOTES: President Nixon and Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev signed a joint declaration in Moscow on Monday (29 May) which sets forth the principles of their countries' future relations. After the ceremony, the Nixons drove to Moscow's Vnukovo Airport where, after a technical delay forcing a change in aircraft, they flew to Kiev, the Ukranian capital, the last stop during the President's nine-day visit to the Soviet Union.
Mr. Nixon and Mr. Brezhnev also signed a joint communique during the Moscow ceremony on Monday.
In the joint declaration, the two leaders agreed to conduct further summit meetings when necessary. The declaration said differences in ideology and social systems between the two countries were not "obstacles to the bilateral development of normal relations based on the principles of sovereignty, equality, non-interference in international affairs and mutual advantage".
The two sides pledged always to exercise restraint in their mutual relations and be prepared to negotiate and settle differences by peaceful means. They said they'd continue to make special efforts to limit strategic armaments and regard general and complete disarmament and an effective international security system as their ultimate goal.
The declaration stated explicitly that the development of Soviet-American relations is not directed against third countries of their interests.
It's reported, however, that there was no final agreement over the war in Indochina.
President Nixon's departure for Kiev was over an hour later than scheduled. A fault had grounded the Ilyushin-62 airliner the Nixons had first boarded.
Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny and Premier Alexei Kosygin were at the airport to say farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Nixon. Before taking off, Mr. Nixon and Mr. Podgorny reviewed an honour guard drawn up on the tarmac and heard the national anthems of the United States and the Soviet Union played.