Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev appeared in public for the first time in seven weeks on Thursday (13 February) when he led a Soviet delegation in talks with visiting British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
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Background: Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev appeared in public for the first time in seven weeks on Thursday (13 February) when he led a Soviet delegation in talks with visiting British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Mr. Brezhnev, 68, was described as fit and well by British reporters who saw him in the Kremlin. There was speculation that he was seriously ill or in deep political trouble.
The Kremlin leader had been out of public gaze since last December 24 when he attended a session of the Supreme Soviet Parliament of the Russian Federation. Most reliable sources said he was suffering from overwork and had influenza complicated by respiratory troubles.
But on Thursday a smiling Mr Brezhnev laughed and joked with Mr Wilson.
The British Prime Minister is accompanied by the Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan. It is the first visit by a British leader for seven years and the talks will be the first at a top level since 1970 when Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin was in London.
The talks from the Soviet point of view will centre on stronger backing from Britain for their detente policies and specially the European security Conference which they want to culminate in a summit this summer.
Britain is anxious to secure a greater share of Soviet trade to make up for the large imbalance in the Russian's favour.