Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko accused the United States on Tuesday (12 February) of trying to transform Pakistan into a hotbed of tension, and "a springboard for further escalation of aggression against Afghanistan." Mr.
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Background: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko accused the United States on Tuesday (12 February) of trying to transform Pakistan into a hotbed of tension, and "a springboard for further escalation of aggression against Afghanistan." Mr. Gromyko was speaking at a banquet after holding lengthy talks on the situation with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and other Indian leaders.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gromyko arrived on Tuesday (12 February) for a two-day visit. He is the first Soviet leader to visit India since Mrs. Gandhi returned to power a month ago.
He was greeted at New Delhi airport by his Indian counterpart P.V. Narashimha Rao. Foreign Minister Rao said on greeting him that he hoped Indo-Soviet friendship would be further strengthened through discussions.
Mr. Gromyko said that the two sides had never been guided by momentary considerations or by mere emotions, but always by common sense, and the fundamental interests of both India and the Soviet Union.
Although many countries and the United Nations General Assembly have condemned the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, India has not done so explicitly. But it has said it is opposed to intervention anywhere in the world. But some indians are decidedly against the Soviet Union's actions. They carried banners in Russian and English calling Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev a "criminal" and saying "Let Afghan people decide their own destiny".
Earlier this month Mrs. Gandhi made it clear to U.S.envoy Clark Clifford that the United States need not expect Indian help in persuading the Russians to leave Afghanistan.