Following are parts of an unofficial translation of the text of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev's toast at the dinner .
In the Soviet Union the fact that this meeting has taken place is regarded with satisfaction. I am glad to come to know President Carter personally. Mr. President, you and I have traveled a long and difficult path to be at this meeting . . ..
Even the first day of the talks has shown that the two sides clearly understand the importance of the problems under discussion. It was already in the first half of the seventies that the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. agreed to do everything they could to prevent an outbreak of nuclear war . . ..
It is unfortunate that subsequently relations between our two countries began to develop unevenly. They went through a period of stagnation and even regressed somewhat from the charted course. This affected the entire world situation as well. It is my feeling that this meeting can become an important step in improving Soviet-American relations and ameliorating the international climate . . .
There are those who oppose normal relations and peaceful co-operation between our two countries. Tensions in Soviet-American relations suit them. And some just dream of precipitating a clash between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. . . .
The foes of mutual understanding between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. make active use of the myth of the so-called "Soviet military threat" . . .
But for all that, I still feel that this time, too, realism and a far-sighted approach and statemanship will finally triumph . . ..
Our first meeting with President Carter will be marked by a momentous event. We are finally to approve and sign a treaty on the limitations of strategic offensive arms. We are also going to discuss several other aspects of the limitation of the arms race as well as international problems and certain questions concerning the development of bilateral relations . . ..
We have begun this meeting in a businesslike and constructive manner, in a spirit of frankness and mutual respect. This warrants hopes for useful results, something that is expected not only by the peoples of our countries, but also by people in all countries who want a peaceful and tranquil life.