The Press: Dateline Moscow

Why wasn't Leonid Brezhnev at the airport to greet Richard Nixon? Cracked Soviet Press Officer Yuri Cherniakov: "If Nixon had brought [U.S. Communist Leader] Gus Hall Brezhnev, might have showed up." Such light-hearted repartee between newsmen and Russians at last week's summit meeting said much about the reception for the 238 members of the U.S. press party. The Soviets did their best to one-up Peking's polite pampering of the presidential press corps three months earlier. China had offered new sights but no noteworthy contact with high officials. In Moscow the government exposed targets...

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