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    The Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia have joined in denouncing N.A.T.O. (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) for?

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    SV INTERIOR: President Brezhnev and Czechoslovak leader, Gustav Husak signing declaration and shaking hands. (3 shots)

    GV: joint Soviet and Czechoslovak delegations at banquet applauding before speeches are made.

    GV: Brezhnev making speech in Russian.

    The declaration accused China of opposition to detente and disarmament, and Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union said they would resist Peking's "provocative, militaristic course" while remaining ready to "normalise state relations with China on the basis of peaceful coexistence." The two President said they condemned "any attempts by imperialism to suppress National Liberation movements in Africa and to prevent the progressive development of African states." The Soviet Union, which sent tanks into Czechoslovakia 10 years ago to crush a communist reform government, said the two countries would expand cooperation in the ideological and economic fields. They agreed to speed up work on a 10-year programme for industrial cooperation, starting in 1980, and said they would contribute jointly to develop atomic power resources in the Soviet Bloc.

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    Background: The Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia have joined in denouncing N.A.T.O. (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) for interfering in Africa, and they have condemned China for militarism. The Soviet President Mr Leonid Brezhnev and Czechoslovak Communist leaders appealed to Western Governments on Friday (2 June) to consider a Kremlin call to halt production of all nuclear and other mass-destruction weapons, including the U.S. neutron bomb. The declaration came at the end of Mr Brezhnev's four-day visit to Czechoslovakia.

    SYNOPSIS: For the 71-year-old Mr Brezhnev it was his first visit to Czechoslovakia in five years. The Soviet leader and the Czechoslovak President, Gustav Husak, signed the 13-page final declaration in Prague shortly before Mr Brezhnev left on his return to Moscow. The declaration called on the United States, China, Britain, France and their military allies to freeze the size of their existing armies and stocks of conventional armaments. And the two governments said they "Resolutely condemned interference of NATO states in the internal affairs of the Republic of Zaire". The Soviet and Czechoslovak leaders said East-West detente "retained its decisive importance despite the intrigues of imperialism and other reactionary forces."
    In a speech at a farewell banquet in Prague Mr Brezhnev ignored a rebuke by President Carter and other Western leaders who criticised Communist interference in Africa during a NATO summit conference in Washington earlier in the week. Reports from Prague said he showed signs of strains throughout the visit.

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