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Page 8-Thursday, July 6,1978-The Michigan Daily
U.S.reviews 'Soviet reporters
WASHINGTON (AP)-The White appropriate time that these correspon-
House called Soviet journalists to a dents be called in to review the rights, other Washington-based Soviet repor- U.S.-Soviet press and c
meeting yesterday to review their ac- privileges and responsibilities of ters was scheduled. relations.
creditation in an apparent response to holding White House accreditation." Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Neither Granum nor Walt'
the slander charge filed against two THE MEETING in the Old Executive Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Car- deputy White House pres
U.S. reporters in Moscow. Office Building next door to the White ter's national security adviser, and who conducted the approx
White House press secretary Jody House anda similar State Department other senior administration officials minute conference, would
Powell left open the possibility of session last Friday were the first public met Monday at the White House to connection between the Mi
recalling the credentials of Soviet responses by the administration to the review the Moscow situation, and yesterday's meeting.
correspondents based in the United slander charges filed against a New ONE OFFICIAL, who asked not to be Powell denied at the d
States, stating that decisions on such York Times and a Baltimore Sun identified by name, said a message had House news briefing that t
moves would be made after current correspondent in Moscow last month. already been sent to Moscow to convey was called to apply press
accreditations are reviewed. But he It was the first such session at the "our very serious view" of what the Soviet Union.
said none was lifted at the meeting. White House in at least 16 years. Six Moscow court charges against the GRANUM AND WUR
One of Powell's de puties, R ex reporters were summoned and four reporters, Craig Whitney of the Times refused to say whether the SI
Granum, said: "We thought it was an showed up. A second such session for and Harold Piper of the Sun, mean to ters were told their credenti
to cover presidential news c
KOSYGIN ACCUSES: and briefings in the White H
room, might be lifted.
U .S *"You may wish to draw
a'mper tradeconclusions, " Granum said.
U.S hampers tradue "'""'''
Wurfel offered no comn
MOSCOW (AP) - Premier Alexei within three seats of him, although the WHEN THE PACT passed Congress asked whether the preside
Kosygin accused the United States other seats around him were full. two years later it contained the volved in approving the

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yesterday of hampering U.S.-Soviet
economic cooperation by unwillingness
to establish normal trade relations. He
spoke at the opening of the regular
summer session of the Supreme Soviet,
Russia's parliament.
Listening intently in the ornate
Kremlin meeting hall was President
Leonid Brezhnev, 70, looking tanned
and rested. There have been reports
that he is in poor health. Brezhnev
likely will not address the meeting,
which is expected to last two or three
days.
Also presentwas NIkolai Podgorny,
75, ousted as president at last year's
summer meeting. This year the bald,
pink-faced official sat in an island of
empty chairs, virtually isolated
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IN WASHINGTON, State Depar-
tment spokesman Hodding Carter
declined to comment on Kosygin's
remarks..
Kosygin, 74, said Moscow trades with
118 countries, but U.S.-Soviet trade
amounts to only two per cent of
Russia's foreign business.
"This indicates that economic
cooperation with the United States is, in
effect, still at the outset," Kosygin said.
The reason, he said, was "the un-
willingness of the United States to
establish normal conditions for trade."
IT WAS AN indirect reference to the
1972 U.S.-Soviet trade agreement never
implemented because of an attempt by
the U.S. Congress to link it with Jewish
emigration.
Some Jews in the Soviet Union claim
they are discriminated-against and are
not permitted to emigrate. More than
130,000 Soviet Jews have gone to Israel,
but Jews in the Soviet Union and abroad
say many more who want to go are kept
from doing so.
The pact called for increased
economic cooperation between the two
countries and for granting the Soviets
"most favored nation" trading status
with the United States, which would
assure the Soviets tariff advantages as
good as those of any other American
trading partner.

Jackson-Vanik Amendment, linking
U.S.-Soviet trade to increased Jewish
emigration from the Soviet Union.
Outraged, the Soviets refused to im-
plement the agreement and U.S.-Soviet
trade slumped as the Kremlin turned to
West Germany, Japan and other coun-
tries. The issue remains a sore point.
Kosygin, in his speech, said his
country has been expanding economic
cooperation with socialist and capitalist
countries.

whether the reporters were told their
credentials were under review or
whether loss of credentials was implicit
in the meeting.
THERE WAS ALSO no comment
from officials asked whether the
meeting would have taken place if
Whitney and Piper had not been
charged in Moscow.
Wurfel conducted the meeting
because he is in charge of issuing White
House press credentials.

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Whitney may return
to USSR before trial
WESTBORO, Mass. (AP)-New confession of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, a
York Times corresondent Craig Whit- Soviet Georgian dissident. Both have
ney, charged with slander in the Soviet told the judge they will not appear in
Union, is back in the United States but court.
said yesterday he might return to Whitney said he did not ant to discuss
Moscow "just for appearances" before what might happen following the trial
his trial. date, although under Soviet law, defen-
However, he said he was sticking to dants do not have to appear in civil ac-
his decision not to appear in court at the tions, which continue without them.
July 18 proceedings. "ONE OF THE possibilities is they
"IF THEY'RE GOING to pull won'tlet me back,"hesaid, "butIdon't
something, I would rather be there," want to give them any ideas.
Whitney said in a telephone interview. "I want to go back. I've been in
"I don't want to give them an excuse to Moscow since last September. I would
say that Whitney cared so little about like to be there two or three years
the matter that he was on vacation on more."
the trial date. Whitney said foreign news reporters
"Whatever happens, if it seems ad- in Moscow believed the slander action
visable, I will go back before the end of was linked with worsening U.S.-Soviet
the month." relations. He said Malcolm Toon, the
Whitney returned to the United States U.S. Ambassado to Russia, told
Tuesday on a delayed vacation. correspondents they were being war-
"I can go back," said Whitney by ned by the action to stay away from
telephone. "What we have is a multiple- dissidents.
entry visa valid until September. Whitney said he planned to be in
"THE EARLIEST DATE for the trial Moscow at the latest by July 29 when
is July 18. I might go back to Moscow David Shipler, Times bureau chief
before ... just for appearnaces." there, was scheduled to go on leave.
Whitney and larold Piper of the Whitney said he and his wife had
Baltimore Sun papers Were charged planned their vacation before the slan-
with slandering the Soviet television der action was disclosed. He said his
service in articles quoting sources as wife and two children left Moscow Sun-
doubting the autIenticity of a televised day as scheduled.
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