Finland's President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (12 November) for political and economic talks with Soviet leaders.
GV President Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union greeting President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen of Finland at the Kremlin in Moscow
SV Presidents Brezhnev and Kekkonen posing for photographers
GV PAN Mr Kekkonen and his delegation seated at conference table
GV ZOOM TO President Brezhnev, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and rest of Soviet officials at table (2 shots)
GV Presidents Brezhnev and Kekkonen and delegations enter hall to sign agreement
GV President Kekkonen seated at table and signing agreement PAN TO President brezhnev signing (3 shots)
SV Soviet Vice President Vassili Kuznetsov and Soviet officials ZOOM OUT TO GV President Brezhnev signing with officials in background (2 shots)
SV President Kekkonen handing book to President Brezhnev and shaking hands as delegations applaud
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Background: Finland's President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (12 November) for political and economic talks with Soviet leaders. Their discussions were thought likely to be overshadowed by the troubled start to the European Security Rev???w in Madrid.
SYNOPSIS: Dr Kekkonen and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev were expected to discuses details of their next five-year trade agreement. This was signed earlier this year and begins in 1981. The two leaders signed another agreement extending their long term economic co-operation by five years into the nineteen-nineties. The agreement provides for extensive co-operation in trade, communications, energy, technology and construction.
The signing of the long term agreement has helped to make Finland the Soviet Union's third biggest Western trading partner. Dr Kekkonen was also due to sign an agreement to complete an iron ore processing plant at Kostomuksha in the Soviet Union. The USSR and Finland are linked by a 1948 treaty of friendship and mutual assistance and the two countries have kept up close political and economic ties. Dr Kekkonen has built his foreign policy around good relations with Moscow.
The chief topic for Dr Kekkonen's political talks with Mr Brezhnev was thought likely to be the deadlock at the European Security Review conference in Madrid. A breakdown in the European Security process between East and West would be strongly felt in Finland. It was host country to the final stage of the original European Security Review in 1975. Finnish officials say they're confident the recent decline between the West and Soviet bloc countries will have no effect on trade between Finland and the Soviet Union.