Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Tikhonov arrived in Athens on February 21 for a three day visit.
1. LV Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Tikhonov getting off aircraft at Athens airport 0.10
2. GV Military band playing 0.13
3. SV Tikhonov and Soviet delegation shaking hands with Greek officials 0.30
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4. SV INTERIOR Tikhonov speaking at banquet, and other guests rise and applaud (3 shots) 0.49
5. SV INTERIOR Both parties signing agreement and shaking hands (2 shots) 1.16
6. SV PAN Tikhonov laying wreath at memorial (3 shots) 1.50
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Background: ATHENS, GREECE
Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Tikhonov arrived in Athens on February 21 for a three day visit. He was greeted by Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and his entire cabinet, as well as senior members of the armed forces. The following day, a ten year agreement on economic and financial aid was signed by the two prime ministers. The deal provided for the Soviet Union to build an alumina plant, using Greek raw material, and included plans for power stations, agricultural aid and increased trade between the two countries. Mr. Tikhonov's visit, the first by a Soviet prime minister, came at a time when Greece was trying to find ways of reducing its dependence on the European Community for its farming produce and at a time of strained relations with the United States. Since his election 16 months ago, Mr. Papandreou has disassociated Greece from sanctions against Moscow over Poland and from the deployment of U.S. Cruise and Pershing nuclear missiles in Europe. Greece also said that President Reagan had granted more aid to neighbouring Turkey and had upset the military balance in the region. Private talks between Papandreou and Tikhonov were described by Reuters as friendly and fruitful, and the Greek prime minister also accepted an invitation to visit Moscow.
Source: REUTERS - TRANSEAST ATHENS AND ERT