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Canada / Kosygin / Jews / Press Conference #12971

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 20, 1971
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(Studio) In Canada, Soviet Premier Aleksei North Kosygin denies charges that Jews in USSR receive unfair treatment; says most of problem caused by malcontents and USSR doesn't have policy of preventing Jews from leaving USSR ; but does dislike thought of Jews joining Israeli Army. Kosygin and Premier Pierre E. Trudeau sign agreement for cultural and scientific exchange.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Ottawa, Canada) Both USSR and Canada want to improve relations with each other. Both cntrys. feel Canada should be less dependent on US. Kosygin holds news conference He says can't treat attitude of riff-raff with Canadian attitudes with regard to attack on him and protests. [KOSYGIN - (interpreter Victor Sukhodryev) says USSR does restrict some people's departure, mostly those who've completed costly education and those whom we don't want to see in Israeli Army; still considers Jewish applications; finds out how many, who go, have asked to be taken back.] Kosygin goes to Montreal, Quebec, Thursday
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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