Soviet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev, and West German Chancellor, Willy Brandt signed on Saturday(19 May) an economic, technological and industrial cooperation agreement providing the Soviet Union with west German technological expertise in exchange for raw materials from Siberia.
GV SV Communist party demonstrators with flags(2 shots)
SV Demonstrators PAN TO Jewish marchers
GV Marchers past Town Hall
GV INT. (L to R) Gromyko, Brezhnev, Brandt & Scheel seated for signing
MV Brezhnev signs
MV Brandt ditto
MV Ministers look on as Brezhnev & Brandt shake hands
MV Gromyko signs document TILT TO Brezhnev
MV Scheel signs
MV ZOOM TO GV Brezhnev, Brandt & othErs toast agreement
GV EXT. Schaumburg Palace
MV INT. Brezhnev enters & greeted by Heinemann
MV Brezhnev introduces Gromyko to Heinemann
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Background: Soviet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev, and West German Chancellor, Willy Brandt signed on Saturday(19 May) an economic, technological and industrial cooperation agreement providing the Soviet Union with west German technological expertise in exchange for raw materials from Siberia.
The signing took place on the second day of Mr. Brezhnev's five-day visit to West Germany -- the first ever by a top Soviet leader. Two other West German-Soviet agreements were also signed at the ceremony in the Bonn Foreign Office.
While Mr. Brezhnev and Herr Brandt looked on, their Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko and Walter School, signed accords covering cultural exchanges and arrangements for the West German airline, Lufthansa, to cross Siberia on its far Eastern routes.
After the ceremony, the Soviet leader and his Foreign minister paid a one-hour courtesy call on West German President, Gustav Heinemann, and invited him to visit Moscow. Dr. Heinemann accepted the invitation, and will make the visit at a date to be fixed alter, an official announcement said.
As the talks went on in Bonn, some 15,000 followers of the Pro-moscow German Communist Party (DKP) marched through the sent of Bonn with banners calling for "Friendship with the Soviet Union.
Scuffles broke out when small groups of counter-demonstrators appeared with placards calling for "freedom for the Jews in the Soviet Union" and "free elections in East Germany".