The Italian President, Giovanni Leone arrived in the Soviet capital Moscow on Tuesday (18 November) to hold talks with top Soviet government officials.
SV & GV Italian President arriving at airport and reviewing guard of honour (2 shots).
SV Italian and Russian flags flying.
GV & SV Italian President shaking hands with officials at airport as crowd wave flags (4 shots).
Italian President reviews troops from the army and navy (2 shots).
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Background: The Italian President, Giovanni Leone arrived in the Soviet capital Moscow on Tuesday (18 November) to hold talks with top Soviet government officials.
Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny and Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko were at the Ynukovo airport in Moscow to greet President Leone who was accompanied by Italian Foreign Minister Mariano Rumor.
President Leone is in the Soviet Union on a six day state visit.
Speaking at a special banquet after his arrival President Leone strongly defended the European Common Market (EEC) as a "great benefit not only to the countries belonging to the organisation but to all regions of the world."
The President's open support of the EEC came as a direct challenge to the official Soviet view of the European Community. The Soviets regard the EEC as a failure and a closed economic club harmful to world trade.
Before the banquet President Leone talked to Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny for two hours.
The meeting was also attended by both the Soviet and Italian Foreign Ministers Signor Mariano Rumor and Mr. Andrei Gromyko.