President Richard Nixon of the United States arrived in Moscow today (Monday), to start his historic week-long visit to the Soviet Union.
SV Presidential aircraft taxies in
SV Podgorny, Kosygin, Gromyko & others on tarmac (2 shots)
SV Mr & Mrs Nixon down steps of aircraft & greeted
SV Podgorny shaking hands with Nixon, then with Mrs Nixon as kosygin shakes hands with Nixon
SV Rogers steps forward followed by Kissinger & are greeted, other officials come forward
CU U.S. & Soviet flags
SV Nixon & Podgorny stand as Russian Honour Guard march past, then turn & walk off with others (2 shots)
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Background: President Richard Nixon of the United States arrived in Moscow today (Monday), to start his historic week-long visit to the Soviet Union. At Vnukovo Airport, he and Mrs Nixon wee met by a smiling delegation headed by President Nikolai Podgorny, Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. No official explanation was given for the absence of Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev, with whom President Nixon will do most of the negotiating during his stay in Moscow.
The airport reception was cordial but not exuberant, as Mr. and Mrs Nixon stepped from "Air Force One", the Presidential Boeing 707 jet, after the three-hour flight from Salzburg, in Austria. They were accompanied by State Secretary William Rogers, Presidential adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger and other ranking officials.
Following the officials reception, inspection of the Guard of Honour and the playing of the Russian and U.S. national anthems, the motorcade took the visitors to the Kremlin - where they will stay in the former tsarist Royal Apartments. Thousands of people lined the route.
Main subjects on the agenda of talks between the American President and the Soviet leaders are negotiations towards a pact for the slowing down of the nuclear arms race and a better understanding between the two powers.
Shortly after his arrival, Mr Nixon held his first meeting with Party Chief Brezhnev, and indications were that talks had been frank and business-like. Later in the evening, the first of the protocolar events - a State Banquet in the Kremlin - at which both President Nixon and President Podgorny stressed their countries hopes for good and friendly relations.
SYNOPSIS: "Air Force One" the United States Presidential jet, arriving at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Monday - carrying President Richard Nixon on the start of his historic visit to the Soviet capital. The welcoming committee was headed by President Nikolai Podgorny, Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. (PAUSE) The American President and Mrs Nixon, stepped from the aircraft to a cordial - though not exuberant - welcome from the Soviet leaders. No official reason was given for the absence of Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev, with whom President Nixon will do most of the negotiating during his stay in Moscow.
Main subjects on the agenda of talks between President Nixon and the Soviet leaders are said to be negotiations towards a pact for the slowing down of the nuclear arms race, and a better understanding between the two powers.
Accompanying Mr Nixon were State Secretary William Rogers and Presidential adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger, and other ranking American experts and officials.
The meeting between the United States and Russian leaders is seen as a stop forward in their relations - particularly in view of the recent American moves in North Vietnam, which, to some observers, put some doubt on the possibility of President Nixon actually making his trip to the Soviet Union. During his week-long stay, he will also visit other important cities, such as Leningrad and Kiev.