President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and President Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union, signed an agreement during a ceremony in Moscow on Wednesday (2 June), establishing diplomatic relations between their two countries.
GV President Marcos and wife and President Podgorny and party down steps and take seats at ceremonial table and both presidents sign documents
SV President Podgorny signing another paper
GV Both presidents signing other papers surrounded by ministers and officials
SV Soviet ministers looking on
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Presidents shaking hands and exchanging documents
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Background: President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and President Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union, signed an agreement during a ceremony in Moscow on Wednesday (2 June), establishing diplomatic relations between their two countries.
The two presidents also signed a joint Soviet-Philippines statement and their officials signed a bilateral trade accord. No details of the three documents were immediately available. However, according to Reuter reports from Moscow, they were likely to contain pledges by both countries to work for good relations following the agreement establishing diplomatic relations. The wife of President Marcos, Imelda, was also present for the ceremony.
President Marcos said after his arrival in Moscow that his visit would complete a course of foreign police which his country embarked upon 10 years ago. His aim was to normalise relations with the Soviet Union in the spirit of coexistence and detente.
By establishing formal links with Manila, the Soviet Union has completed one of its long-standing foreign policy aims -- to have diplomatic relations with all states in the strategically important South-East Asian area.
President Marcos arrived in Moscow on Monday (31 May) for a week long visit to the Soviet Union, and has already had talks with Soviet Communist Party leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhne.