Valentina Tereskova, the Soviet Union's first woman astronaut, on Monday (21 April) criticised United States president, Jimmy Carter's campaign for an international boycott of the Moscow Olympics as a "drive to return to the cold war era".
SV: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereskove down aircraft steps and greeted by Soviet ambassador and wife and other women including Melina Mercouri
CU: Tereskova receiving gifts of flowers and shaking hands with women
SV: Tereskova and Soviet amcassador walking across tarmac to airport lounge
CU INTERIOR: Tereskova speaking at news conference in Russian
SV : Soviet Embassy official reading English translation
TERESKOVA: "Permit me to say in conclusion that I am very moved to be in beautiful Helas where the Olympic movement with its ideals of peace, friendship and cooperation was born in the year of Olympic Games that will take place in our country. We are certain that despite the unseemly political machinations of the Carter administration the 1980 Olympics will become a bright festival of youth, friendship and solidarity among all peoples of the globe. We express our sincere gratitude to the women of Greece for the opportunity to visit this beautiful country and to meet the industrious intelligent Greek people. Thank you.
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Background: Valentina Tereskova, the Soviet Union's first woman astronaut, on Monday (21 April) criticised United States president, Jimmy Carter's campaign for an international boycott of the Moscow Olympics as a "drive to return to the cold war era". Mrs Tereskova made the comment when she arrived in Athens at the head of a delegation of ten Soviet women.
SYNOPSIS: At Athens airport Mrs Tereskova was greeted by the Soviet Ambassador to Greece, Ivan Uldatchov, and members of the Greek Women's Federation: including former actress, now Greek parliament member, Melina Mercouri. Valentina Tereskova is member of the Supreme Soviet praesidium and President of the Soviet Women's committee. Her delegation had been invited to Greece by the Greek Women's Association, to attend six-day women's meeting. Among the topics to be discussed at the conference is cooperation amongst women throughout the world to achieve international peace, and female equality.
At an airport news conference Mrs Tereskova said the Moscow Games would go on despite reaction from Western countries. Speaking through an interpreter she said a cold war endangered Europe because the United States was using the continent as a nuclear arsenal.
Mrs Tereskova is to visti ancient Olympia where the original Games were held. The Greek government has offered a site there as a permanent Olympic arena.