NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 25, 1972
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(Moscow, USSR ) Vietnam discussed at marathon session at Party Chief Brezhnev's country house 5 hrs. of talks include ride on Moscow River No progress made in trade talks. No agreement reached in Strategic Arms Limitation Talks either. American and Soviet delegations continue Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations in Helsinki, Finland. Morning summit meeting postponed until this afternoon; Brezhnev does not attend meeting nor ballet in evening.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Moscow, USSR ) Secretary of State Rogers confers with Premier Kosygin on trade matters for an hour; President Nixon joined them for another 2 hrs. Only Nixon can make decision on relationship between economy and political matters. Russians want lower tariffs which only Congress can approve. Congress will not give approval unless Russia pays off W.W. II lend-lease debts. Nixon will not give Sovs. trade concessions unless they concede on Vietnam. Cabinet level Commission will probably be created to continue economy negotiations under pledge to increase Soviet-American trade substantially.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani