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Chancellor Schmidt-President Brezhnev (Talks)

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Prime Minister what information she has received from the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the content of his discussions with President Brezhnev, in so far as those discussions dealt with Western defence policy; and what reply she has sent.

Chancellor Schmidt gave an account of his conversations with President Brezhnev in Bonn to the European Council on 26 and 27 November. The Chancellor described his discussions with President Brezhnev on disarmament, including the negotiations on long-range theatre nuclear forces which opened in Geneva on 30 November. I warmly welcomed Chancellor Schmidt's presentation and the opportunity which President Brezhnev's visit afforded the Chancellor to explain the full range of shared Western policies.