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    LONDON, UK, AND WASHINGTON DC, USA

    The fourth Soviet diplomat, recently ordered home by the British government, has left London.

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    LONDON: BC APRIL 22 (MUTE)
    1. GV Soviet officials including former Soviet Third Secretary, Anatoli Chernaev, exit building 0.11
    2. SCU Chernaev speaks (SOT) 0.40
    3. SV Chernaev drives off in car (MUTE) 0.49
    4. SCU Chernaev at airport speaking (SOT) 1.00
    WASHINGTON: VISNEWS LIBRARY APRIL 6: (MUTE)
    5. GV Soviet embassy (2 shots) 1.15
    6. SVs Soviet Dean of Washington Diplomatic Corps, Anatoly Dobrynin, greets guests at a reception (7 shots) 1.47
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO):
    CHERNAEV: "You can understand that I just became a victim of political intrigue of the government, so thank you very much."
    QUESTION: "Are you sad to be leaving?"
    CHERNAEV: "It's very complicated because I'm returning to my motherland."
    QUESTION: "But did you like Britain at all?"
    CHERNAEV: "Yes, I did. Especially the British people."
    QUESTION: "Why do you think they picked on you?"
    CHERNAEV: "I think it was just political intrigue."
    QUESTION: "Are you a spy?"
    CHERNAEV: "Not at all."
    CHERNAEV (SEQUENCE FOUR):
    "Part of this political, no it's not provocation, but political intrigue on the part of the British government, and the governments of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) countries like this."
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: LONDON, UK, AND WASHINGTON DC, USA

    The fourth Soviet diplomat, recently ordered home by the British government, has left London. Anatoli Chernaev was a Third Secretary at the Soviet Embassy in the United Kingdom, and the latest in a spate of mutual expulsions between the two countries. Recently, Whitehall ordered out two Soviet diplomats and a journalist, accusing them of spying. In retaliation, a British journalist and an air force attache were sent home from Moscow. After that, Chernaev was told to go. As he left the embassy building in West London on April 22, he said he was not a spy and was merely a victim of political intrigue. He later added that the recent expulsions on both sides were part of a games started by the British and picked up by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) countries to disrupt relations with the Soviet Union. On April 5, France expelled en masse 47 Soviet officials, suspected of spying, and there have been other recent expulsions from the United Nations, United States and Australia. Reuters news agency reported that the Soviet leadership was reluctant to continue the round of retaliatory send-offs, and was worried about deteriorating East-West relationships. At a diplomatic reception about deteriorating East-West relationships. At a diplomatic reception at the Soviet Embassy in Washington on April 6, there was, no sign of tension as the Soviet Dean of the city's Diplomatic Corps, Anatoly Dobrynin, welcomed guests. Recent statements printed in the Soviet official newspaper, Izvestia, accused the White House of wrecking traditionally good relations with France, while London Times said the scale of French expulsions had not been explained to the Soviet public at large.

    Source: BBC AND REUTERS LIBRARY

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9SDXDDOWNKQ6639CV4V3XMI3A
    Media URN:
    VLVA9SDXDDOWNKQ6639CV4V3XMI3A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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