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Willy Brandt a statesman respected and loved in America

Visit to the Soviet Union -- 2-9 July 1975

Willy Brandt is received like a state visitor when he arrives in Moscow on 2 July 1975. The SPD chairman is responding to an invitation by General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, with whom he conducts two extensive discussions on 3 and 9 July. The subjects include German-Soviet relations, the future of détente policies after the impending conclusion of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) as well as developments in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.
Concerning the situation in Portugal, Brandt gives Brezhnev a letter from Mário Soares and appeals to him to exercise a moderating influence on the Portuguese communists. During his one-week visit in the Soviet Union, the former Chancellor also travels to Leningrad, Novosibirsk (Siberia) and Samarkand (Uzbekistan).

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 10:14:07 PM EST
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Proud to wear UID #40 here @ET 😅

Always had great respect for Berlin mayor Willy Brandt ... he visited the States on many occasions. I recall listening to a late night talk show interview from the "home" of Stan Musial, a retired St. Louis Cardinals baseball great. An outstanding statesman Europe can be proud of. Solving fiscal and economic problems to consolidate Das Deutsche Wirtschaftswunder of the Adenauer and Erhard period of rebuilding West-Germany.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 08:35:36 AM EST
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It will be hard to negociate with the ultras after we arm them and offer them the country on a plate...
From 2015:
"When Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's prime minister, told a German TV station recently that the Soviet Union invaded Germany, was this just blind ignorance? Or a kind of perverted wishful thinking? If the USSR really was the aggressor in 1941, it would suit Yatsenyuk's narrative of current geopolitics in which Russia is once again the only side that merits blame.

When Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland's deputy foreign minister, said Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, did he not know that the Red Army was a multinational force in which Ukrainians certainly played a role but the bulk of the troops were Russian? Or was he looking for a new way to provoke the Kremlin?"

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/19/frontline-ukraine-crisis-in-borderlands-richard-sakwa- review-account

by Tom2 on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 10:19:06 AM EST
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