A visit to Israel by a Soviet delegation of consular level will take place as planned, according to a report from Moscow Tuesday, though the date was not announced. The delegation “has not yet bought its plane tickets but the visit has not been cancelled,” Gennady Gerasimov, chief of the Soviet Foreign Ministry’s Information Directorate, told a press conference.
This contradicted a report from Kuwait last week which quoted the visiting Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Patrovsky, as saying “We have decided to cancel the visit” because Israel made propaganda use of it.
Israel welcomes the visit but maintains that a similar Israeli delegation should go to Moscow. Gerasimov said earlier there would be no exchange visits between the two countries.
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