The Soviet Union has agreed to consider a request from the Indian government for additional oil supplies next year in exchange for wheat or rice.
GV INTERIOR President Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union walking into conference room in Moscow, USSR, followed by government officials and greets Indian President Sanjiva Reddy and his delegation.
GV President Brezhnev and President Reddy and other officials taking their seats at conference table.
CU President Reddy seated.
CU President Brezhnev PULL OUT TO GV conference table and talks going on round table.(2 SHOTS)
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Background: The Soviet Union has agreed to consider a request from the Indian government for additional oil supplies next year in exchange for wheat or rice. This assurance was given on Wednesday (1 October) during a visit to the Soviet Union by Indian President Sanjiva Reddy.
SYNOPSIS: President leonid Brezhnev greeted the Indian President and his delegation when they arrived for the first round of talks in Moscow on Tuesday (30 September). Subjects on the agenda included the Iran-Iraq conflict and Afghanistan. During a subsequent meeting, India's Petroleum Minister Veerendra Patil asked Mr. Ivan Arkhipov, the Soviet Deputy Prime Minister, for a total of 2 1/2-million tonnes of crude oil next year. India's present annual imports from the Soviet Union total 1 1/2-million tonnes. Iran and Iraq supply nearly two-thirds of India's annual imports of oil The New Delhi government fears the threat of a cut in supplies as a result of the Gulf war.
The threat to India's oil supplies has increased the government's need to resolve the political crisis in the north-eastern state of Assam. More than a third of the country's oil supplies are normally provided by Assam. But for the last ten months students have blockaded the flow of oil from the state of force the expulsion of millions of illegal immigrants.