Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, met United States businessmen in Washington on Friday (22 June) in apparent efforts to seek American capital and technology for Soviet Union development schemes.
SV Brezhnev enters room and is applauded
SCU Brezhnev talks with businessman across to Gromyko and others
SCU Brezhnev talking with businessmen
CU medals on Brezhnev's chest
SV Brezhnev mingling with others
SV Gromyko with others
SCU and GV businessmen talking with Brezhnev (3 shots)
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Background: Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, met United States businessmen in Washington on Friday (22 June) in apparent efforts to seek American capital and technology for Soviet Union development schemes.
The meeting took place in Mr. Brezhnev's guest residence, Blair House. It had been specially requested before the start of Mr. Brezhnev's ten-day visit to the United States.
About fifty leading executives of big United States business concerns attended the meeting. Mr. Brezhnev was accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko.
Businessmen leaving the building... top executives of such companies as U.S. Steel, General Electric, General Motors and IBM.. said Mr. Brezhnev had spoken of the economic strengths of his country and the advantage of trading with the Soviet Union.
United States officials have hinted that a surprise agreement... probably in the area of trade ... will be made before the end of the Soviet leader's visit. After the meeting with the businessmen, Mr. Brezhnev said his talks were "exceptionally good".
Earlier, Mr. Brezhnev had said trade between big nations such as the U.S. and the Soviet Union could not be divorced form the general political climate.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, spoke for nearly two hours with United States businessmen at his guest residence in Washington on Friday.
He told pressmen, after the talks, the meeting had been exceptionally good. Fifty-two U.S. business leaders represented a wide spectrum of industry. They included top executives from such firms as General Motors, IBM, U.S. Steel, and General Electric.
Businessmen leaving the meeting said Mr. Brezhnev spoke of the economic strengths of the Soviet Union and the advantages of trading with it. The businessmen said there was no opportunity to question him, and he avoided controversial issue. Mr. Brezhnev was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
Earlier Mr. Brezhnev had said trade between big powers like the United States and Soviet Union could not be divorced form the general political climate. United State officials have hinted that a surprise agreement--probably in the field of trade -- will be made before the end of Mr. Brezhnev's visit.