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Reference FCO 82/205
Department/Office Foreign Office
Title Messages between US President, Richard Nixon, and UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath (1972)
Description Correspondence between Prime Minister Edward Heath and Richard Nixon regarding Leonid Brezhnev and Andrei Gromyko, the SALT negotiations and the UK and French nuclear forces. The correspondence continues on Europe and the European Security Conference, the negotiations on reciprocal force reductions, NATO, the Western Alliance and detente, EEC enlargement, US relationships with European countries, the Middle East, Henry Kissinger's visit to China, Anthony Royle's visit to China, Chinese suspicion of Soviet policies and Mao Zedong's grave illness. Correspondence from Nixon to Heath regarding conversations with the Soviet leaders Alexey Kosygin, Nikolai Podgorny and Brezhnev who Nixon says holds all the power in the Politburo. SALT discussions and weapons held by third parties including the UK and French ballistic missile submarines, Europe and the European Security Conference, Germany and UN membership. Vietnam, the Middle East and East-West relations.
Date 1972
Collection The Nixon Years, 1969-1974
Region North America, Europe
Countries China, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union
Places Britain; China; Eastern Europe; Europe; France; Germany; Hanoi; Middle East; South Vietnam; Soviet Union; United Kingdom; United States of America; Vietnam
People Brandt, Willy; Brezhnev, Leonid; Cromer, 3rd Earl of; Heath, Edward; Kissinger, Henry; Kosygin, Alexey; Mao Zedong; Nixon, Richard M
Topics Arms; Communist; Congress; Defence; Department of State; Detente; Draft; East-West relations; Elections; Environment; European Security; Ministry of Defence; Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (MBFR); North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO); State Department; The Nine; White House; withdrawal
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