September 8, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Russian MiG Pilot

The foreign ministry said the decision was made after an official of the ministry met First Lieutenant Viktor Ivanovich Belenko and confirmed his decision to go to the US.

By: Editorial | Published:September 8, 2016 12:15 am

Japan has decided to allow the Soviet pilot of the MiG-25 Foxbat fighter which landed at Makodate, Hokkaido to seek asylum in the US. The foreign ministry said the decision was made after an official of the ministry met First Lieutenant Viktor Ivanovich Belenko and confirmed his decision to go to the US. Negotiations with the US are being conducted on the matter. The US will probably give asylum to the pilot, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in Paris. There is great excitement in the UK and among NATO powers over the windfall that western intelligence has reaped in Japan when Soviet Union’s most sophisticated jet, MiG-25, unexpectedly landed there. For years, NATO powers and the US have been trying to know the secrets of MiG-25, Russia’s most highly developed fighter that can fly at three times the speed of sound and climb 80,000 feet.

Oil In Bombay High

Minister for Petroleum K.D. Malaviya said that prospects of oil and gas from the sea from Bassein to Bombay High and further west were bright. The ONGC could go on searching in this area for decades, he said at a press conference in Bombay. The entire area from Bombay to Lakshadweep was highly promising, the minister said.

Pak Wants Kohinoor

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Z.A Bhutto, has asked the UK government for the return of the Kohinoor diamond. In a letter to British Prime Minister James Callaghan, Bhutto has said the gem belonged to Pakistan and that it should be returned to it. The British PM has still not attended to it but the Buckingham Palace and the Prime Minister’s Office were quoted saying Callaghan “is likely to discuss the matter with the Queen”. The report said the diamond is Indian property which Sultan Alaudin Khilji had snatched away from the Raja of Malwa in 1304. The gem was later brought back to India by one of the descendents of Maharaja Ranjith Singh.