Trends in U.S.-Soviet Relations

Archive Report

Growth of Washington-Moscow Ties

New Mood of Detente Preceding Brezhnev Visit

Soviet-American relations are more cordial today than they have been for nearly three decades. And they promise to become warmer still with the visit of Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev to Washington, June 18–26. The two superpowers have moved significantly to control the nuclear arms race and reduce tensions between them in various parts of the world. They have agreed to seek more trade and cultural and scientific contacts with each other. Yet a chasm remains between them in general outlook and ideology. Undercurrents of suspicion linger and diplomacy on both sides is marked by caution—though a caution tempered by pragmatism and mutual needs.

President Nixon and Brezhnev, Secretary General of the Soviet Communist Party, both ...

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