West Germany and the Soviet Union today (Wednesday) signed a treaty to renounce the use of force and respect the inviolability of present frontiers in Europe.
GV Brandt & party across tarmac (2 shots)
CU & SV Soldiers (2 shots)
GV & SCU Brandt meets bystanders
SV INT Kosygin photographers (2 shots)
SV Delegates at conference table with Brandt & Kosygin
SV Brandt & party lay wreath (8 shots)
SV INT Brandt and Kosygin seated
CU Kosvnin signs PAN TO Brandt signing (4 shots)
SV Kosygin & Brandt shake hands (2 shots)
SV Brezhnev & Schee shake hands
Background: West Germany and the Soviet Union today (Wednesday) signed a treaty to renounce the use of force and respect the inviolability of present frontiers in Europe.
West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt and Soviet Premier, Alexei Kosygin signed the historic treaty in the Grand Palace of the Kremlin.
The signing of the treaty represents a major step forward in Herr Brandt's "OSTPOLITIK"--Eastern Policy--of normalising relations with Communist countries.
The 56-year-old German statesman, who was mayor of West Berlin at the height of the Cold War a decade ago, has been seeking detents with the Soviet Union, Poland and East Germany since he became head of government last October.
The document was signed in the 120-year-old St. Catherine's Hall of the Grand Palace overlooking the Moscow River. It was initialled in Moscow last week by West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel and his Soviet counterpart, Andrei Gromyko after 12 days of negotiations.
Under it, the two sides areas to renounce the use of force and respect the inviolability of existing frontiers, including the postwar Oder-Neisse frontier between Poland and Germany, and the border dividing postwar Germany into two states.