Foreign Ministers of the seven Warsaw Pact countries have condemned western sanctions against Poland.
SV Leonid Brezhnev meeting Warsaw Pact foreign ministers.
GV Photographers. Brezhnev, Gromyko and foreign ministers pose for photograph. (3 SHOTS)
SV Brezhnev and ministers taking their seats at meeting.
SV & GV Warsaw Pact foreign ministers seated. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Foreign Ministers of the seven Warsaw Pact countries have condemned western sanctions against Poland. The ministers, who come from the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, the German Democratic Republic, Romania, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia, met in Moscow under the chairmanship of Soviet president Leonid Brezhnev. A communique published in Moscow on October 22 said the ministers condemned all forms of interference from outside in the internal affairs of people's Poland and the sanctions taken against it by the United States and certain other western countries. In the communique the ministers rejected attempts to use Poland's internal problems to worsen the international situation and hinder co-operation in Europe. The ministers said Poland had the sovereign right to decide Polish affairs. The communique also said that a review of the US-Soviet talks on reducing nuclear arms - both medium-range and strategic were high on the agenda. The ministers called on NATO member countries to scrap the stationing of US medium-range missiles in Western Europe.