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dated June 24, 1955: Indo-Soviet declaration

A joint declaration that Indo-Soviet relations would be governed by the principles of co-existence was made at the conclusion of the talks between Prime Minister Nehru and his Soviet counterpart, Marshal Bulganin, in Moscow on June 22. The statement sets forth the common aims and objectives and the desire of the two countries to promote closer cooperation in economic, cultural and other fields. The Soviet Government has offered to give assistance in the economic field though no details are given. The joint statement was signed at the Kremlin at 8.15 p.m. by the two Prime Ministers, while top Soviet leaders, including Messrs. Khrushchev, Malenkov, Kaganovich and Mikoyan looked on. Mr. Nehru had a two-hour discussion with Marshal Bulganin and other Soviet leaders. The joint declaration is hailed by political leaders as the beginning of a new era of peace. Mr. Nehru left Moscow by air for Warsaw on June 23. The Prime Minister is to visit Poland, Austria, Yugoslavia, Italy, Britain and Egypt on his way back to India. Mr. Nehru flew out after exchanging remarks at the airport with Marshal Bulganin, while Mr. Khrushchev, Mr. Malenkov and Mr. Mikoyan stood by. Crowds of Russians lined the streets of Moscow as Mr. Nehru drove to the airport.

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