The Finnish President, Mauno Koivisto, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (9 March) and was welcomed by the Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, along with Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and other senior Kremlin officials.
1. GV Finnish plane landing in Moscow with Soviet welcoming committee led by President Brezhnev (2 shots) 0.06
2. GV/SV President Koivisto shakes hands with Brezhnev (3 shots) 0.27
3. SV Koivisto meeting line of Soviet dignitaries 0.37
4. GV Both countries' flags. GV soldiers laying wreath at memorial. GV Koivisto places wreath (5 shots) 0.52
5. GV Soviet troops march past as Koivisto looks on (3 shots)1.17 1.23
6. SV Koivisto watching parade (2 shots) 1.23
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Background: MOSCOW, U.S.S.R.
The Finnish President, Mauno Koivisto, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (9 March) and was welcomed by the Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, along with Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and other senior Kremlin officials. Dr. Koivisto's visit comes just six weeks after he took over the Presidency from Urho Kekkonen who had built up close ties with the Soviet Union during his 25 years in office. Relations between the two countries are governed by their 1948 Friendship Treaty, signed after they had twice been at war during the 1939-1944 period. The treaty binds Finland to respond to military attacks against the Soviet Union launched through Finnish territory. Dr. Koivisto's three-day official visit is intended to established personal relations with the Soviet leaders, according to Finnish officials. But their discussions are expected to centre on ways of levelling the trade balance, which in 1981 was over 600 million dollars in Finland's favour. Finnish officials travelling with the President said the visit would show that relations with the Soviet Union are unaffected by any fluctuations in international affairs elsewhere.