Russia's Diplomatic Offensive

Archive Report

Moves for Accommodation with West

President Nixon has said that on his forthcoming trip to Moscow, beginning May 22, he wants to “establish a political framework for dealing with the issues still in dispute” and “examine with the Soviet leaders the further development of the U.S.-Soviet relationship in the years ahead.” Presumably these objectives are shared by the Kremlin. However, in a time of fluidity in the international alignment of powers, American suspicions of Soviet intentions will most likely be reciprocated by the President's hosts. Ever since Nixon announced last July 17 that he would visit Peking, the Russians have been attempting to shift their foreign policy to meet the threat they see in America's reconciliation with China.

While the containment of a hostile China has ...

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