Visnews filmed the Russian and British Premiers at a reception given in honour of the Soviet leader, Mr.
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Background: Visnews filmed the Russian and British Premiers at a reception given in honour of the Soviet leader, Mr. Khruschev, Moscow, Feb 24.
with Mr. Khruschev was Deputy-Premier Mikoyan and several members of the Soviet Presidium. Led by Sir Patrick Reilly, British ambassador, the Russians went into the White Room. At the end was at table laden with smoked salmon, caviare and other delicacies. There Mr. Khruschev mingled with members of the Diplomatic Corps in Moscow.
The Soviet Premier and Mr. Mikoyan chatted, through interpreters, with Mr. Macmillan and Mr. Selwyn Lloyd. There was a light-hearted discussion on the relative merits of Scotch whisky and Californian wines. Mr. Mikoyan was knowledgeable on the wines which he sampled while in the States earlier this year.
Mr. khruschev asked the British Foreign Secretary, "Do you really think Foreign Ministers decide?...tell me one occasion when you earned your keep?"
During the reception Mr. Macmillan withdrew to an adjoining room, feeling unwell. Latest report on his cold is that it is worse.
Among the many toasts were several by Mr. Khruschev and Mikoyan who raised silver candle-sticks, not glasses. They were gifts from Mr. Macmillan to the Soviet leaders.
Earlier in the day, during an election speech, Mr. Khruschev 'upset the applecart' by denouncing the Western proposal for a Foreign Ministers' conference and attacking [QUERY]??? latest pact with the USA. He also offered Britain a 50 year or more non-aggression pact. (The last such treaty was signed May 1942 and abrogated by Russia May 1955.)
The following day, Feb 25, Mr. Macmillan asked what Mr. Khruschev's private motives were for making such remarks.
This speech also stirred US President Eisenhower who started that America would not yield "one single inch" in the preservation of its rights or the discharge of its responsibilities in Berlin.