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.
Now that trade is moving to the forefront , he is trying to beef up their expertise in the Embassy . He was recently amazed to find that on certain aspects of our laws , he knew a lot more than his commercial people did .
As best as I can determine this is not accurate ; however , our consular section in Moscow has been trying to get the text of the new law , so far without success . The issue continues to figure quite prominently in diplomatic traffic ...
The North Vietnamese concern was that I was trying to get them into a position where they agreed on certain principles and would have to negotiate the details with the South Vietnamese , a process which might take forever .
We are not trying to impose a combination on you . It is just too great a strain . Kissinger : I understand . We both have the same problem . Lynn ( to Kissinger ) : It will all come out the same in the end .
Gromyko : First they were trying to talk you into it . Now you are trying to talk them into it . Such is life . Brezhnev : On gas we expect to have 13 trillion cubic meters . The Yukutsk deposit consists of three trillion cubic meters .