Soviet Peace Offensives

Archive Report

Conciliatory Moves in Soviet Foreign Policy

Signs of Current Shift to Conciliatory Attitude

Signs of a shift in Soviet policy toward the West have multiplied in recent weeks. Although today's indications of a more conciliatory attitude may be disproved by tomorrow's events, it now looks as if the Kremlin were currently intent on reducing the tension in international relations. If such a change of policy actually has taken place, the free world naturally will welcome it. But past experience warns that Soviet peace offensives are designed to serve Soviet ends, and that changes in Communist tactics do not denote changes in long-range Communist objectives.

Major evidence of a tactical shift appeared at the end of June when Moscow made known that it was ready to call it ...

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