INTRODUCTION: A high-powered Soviet delegation arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday (22 September) for talks over future economic co-operation between Poland and the Soviet Union.This followed a warning on Polish television on the same day that the Soviet Union could cut supplies of vital raw materials to quell political unrest.
GV Aeroflot plane taxiing down runway
GV Polish welcoming party walk towards aircraft
GV Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Baibakov walks down steps from aircraft and is greeted
SV Mr. Baibakov gets in car
SV INTERIOR Mr. Baibakov greeted by Polish Prime Minister Jaruzelski, who then shakes hands with other members of delegation
GV Both delegations seated at meal table
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A high-powered Soviet delegation arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday (22 September) for talks over future economic co-operation between Poland and the Soviet Union.This followed a warning on Polish television on the same day that the Soviet Union could cut supplies of vital raw materials to quell political unrest.
SYNOPSIS: Few details of the visit have been released.A statement reported by the Polish News Agency says the Soviet representatives are in Poland for a "several-day" working visit.
The delegation is headed by the Soviet Union's deputy prime minister and chairman of the state planning committee, Nikolai Baibakov.The visit will include talks on economic co-operation between Poland and the Soviet Union in 1982 and in later years.No further details of the talks have been released.While Mr.Baibakov was arriving, a senior Polish Communist official was warning of possible cuts in the supply of raw materials from Moscow.The warning, from Politburo member, Stefan Olszowski, was read on state television.Mr.Olszowski said anti-Soviet activities and agitation in Poland may lead the Kremlin to ask whether it was worthwhile extending aid to us.He spoke of the danger of civil war and said social tensions were sweeping the country like an avalanche.
While Moscow's representatives were being greeted by Polish Prime Minister, Jaruzelski, the Kremlin was maintaining pressure on Solidarity.The government daily, Izvestia, warned Solidarity Moscow would consider any threat to communism in Poland as a threat to its own security and to peace in Europe.Tass news agency printed a letter attributed to Soviet workers calling on Poles to resist the union and criticising the authorities in Warsaw.
Whether Solidarity is taking any notice is unknown but on the day of the delegates' arrival, it did issue a resolution on the question of worker self-management that shows a degree of compromise.The union's national executive said workers should have the right to hire and fire their managers but that the authorities should be able to veto any changes and challenge the results in an independent court.In the meantime, they are still concentrating on the second part of their annual congress beginning next weekend.