King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden flew into Moscow on Wednesday (June 7) on the first state visit by a Swedish monarch to the Soviet Union in over a century.
SV President Leonid Brezhnev, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and russian officials walking across tarmac
SV Plane taxis
SV Mr. Gromyko greeting royal family and flowers being presented
GV PAN from airport terminal to Brezhnev and King Carl Gustav taking salute
GV Crowds with flags watch as royal family are presented to officials (6 shots)
GV Cars drive off
SV Mr. Brezhnev entering room and greeting Royal Family (2 shots)
SCU King Carl Gustav with Mr. Brezhnev
SV Mr. Gromyko with Queen Silvia
SV officials(2 shots)
SV Party walking to conference table
GV/CU Brezhnev and Royal Family at table (4 shots)
Mr. Brezhnev has accepted King gustav's invitation to visit Sweden at a later date.
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Background: King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden flew into Moscow on Wednesday (June 7) on the first state visit by a Swedish monarch to the Soviet Union in over a century.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko were at Moscow's airport as the King and Queen landed on a regular flight. The Royal couple were to spend a week visiting the Soviet capital and Leningrad, as well as Kiev, Samarkand and Tashkent.
The arrival of the king of a non-aligned country comes when tension between east and west is increasing. The Soviets have reacted sharply to President Carter's recent comment that the Kremlin could choose between confrontation or co-operation. Though King Gustav himself is barred from playing any political role, he almost immediately found himself embroiled in Soviet domestic politics.
He received a letter from human right campaigner Andrei Sakharov, urging him to help imprisoned Soviet dissident, Sergei Kovalyov, now serving a 10-year sentence for anti-Soviet activities. The King passed the letter on to the Swedish Foreign Ministry. Speaking later at a Kremlin banquet in the Royal couple's honour, Mr. Brezhnev praised Sweden for its non-aligned policy and said the visit was a sign that Soviet-Swedish relations are developing well.
Replying, King Gustav commented on the co-operation between the two countries in the fields of culture, sport and science. And he also noted progress in the area of environmental protection, especially in the Baltic Sea, which forms part of the border between Sweden and the Soviet Union.