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British-Russian Relations

Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will initiate bilateral talks with the Russian Government with the aim of improving British-Russian relations.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister had a short exchange of views with Mr. Kosygin at Moscow airport on 26 June.My right hon. and noble Friend had a talk with Mr. Gromyko in New York on 25 September and there have been other ministerial exchanges. The Government have renewed the outstanding invitations to President Brezhnev, Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Gromyko to visit this country; responses are awaited from the Soviet Government.