Soviet Union, June 1972-August 1974
The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity of the United States Government.
This volume is part of a subseries of the Foreign Relations of the United States that documents the most significant foreign policy issues and major decisions of the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. Five volumes in this subseries, volumes XII through XVI, cover U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. This specific volume documents United States policy toward Soviet Union from June 1972 until August 1974, following closely the development of the administration's policy of Détente and culminating with President Nixon's resignation in August 1974.
This volume continues the practice of covering U.S.-Soviet relations in a global context, highlighting conflict and collaboration between the two superpowers in the era of Détente. Chronologically, it follows volume XIV, Soviet Union, October 1971- May 1972, which documents the May 1972 Moscow Summit between President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. This volume includes numerous direct personal communications between Nixon and Brezhnev covering a host of issues, including clarifying the practical application of the SALT I and ABM agreements signed in Moscow. Other major themes covered include the war in Indochina, arms control, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSE), commercial relations and most-favored-nation status, grain sales, the emigration of Soviet Jews, Jackson-Vanik legislation, and the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
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I said we would have to study it but we would certainly make a major effort to get the Lend - Lease agreement settled in September , particularly if they were willing to meet us some part of the way . Dobrynin reiterated Brezhnev's ...
Brezhnev : Certainly . I am certainly agreeable to that . But first I want to greet you . You have been given a most responsible mission in following up on problems pursuant to what President Nixon and I discussed when he visited here .
This would establish a compromise between your position and ours . We would be proceeding from a global sum of $ 750 million . Brezhnev : I thank you for these additional considerations . We can certainly think things over .
I certainly believe sincerely that during the President's Administration there cannot be war . We believe this cannot happen . But who knows who comes to office ? Anything can happen . If we accomplish something , it will be effective ...
We will tell the Foreign Minister our answer , and I think we certainly can proceed as I have said . On our behalf we want to make your visit a significant event and an historic occasion . We will do for you no less than was done for ...