STOCKHOLM (Apr. 9)
Winding up a five-day state visit to Sweden, Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin said yesterday that his country would not consider re-establishing diplomatic relations with any “aggressor” nations in the Middle East, He did not name any country.
“The Soviet Union helps countries that are attacked by aggression and we have to help a state protect itself and regain its occupied lands, he added at a press conference. Asked by an Israeli correspondent if he considered the United States an aggressor in Vietnam or the Soviet. Union an aggressor in Czechoslovakia, Kosygin made no reply.
On the subject of the education tax for Soviet Jews seeking to emigrate, the Soviet Premier said it was Soviet business only, not that of other nations. In a joint communique issued with his host, Premier Olaf Palme of Sweden, Kosygin said that the only basis for a settlement of the Middle East conflict was the UN Security Council resolution of Nov. 22, 1967, calling for Israel to withdraw from occupied territories.