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Reference FCO 82/182
Department/Office Foreign Office
Title Political relations between United States and EEC (1972)
Description Defence Secretary makes the point that there has been deterioration in confidence between the US and their European allies. The basic relationship between the Governments of the US and the USSR is still one of rivalry and the US are trying to better relations by increasing contact and cooperation by multiplying the number of Soviet/US agreements to the detriment of relations with Western Europe. Reported remark by Sonnenfeldt, who was speaking in Kissinger's place, that the US had to negotiate with the Soviet Union on the defence of Europe in part because it had not proved possible to do so among the Western Allies. Report suggests that Washington intends to make Europe the focus of their diplomacy in 1973.
Date 1972
Collection The Nixon Years, 1969-1974
Region North America
Countries Soviet Union, United States
Places Britain; Europe; France; Germany; Japan; Mediterranean; Netherlands; Soviet Union; United Kingdom; United States of America; Vietnam
People Brimelow, Thomas; Flanigan, Peter; Overton, Hugh; Williams, Shirley
Topics Agriculture; Balance of Payments; British Embassy; Burden sharing; Common Market; Congress; Defence; Department of State; Detente; Draft; Elections; Exports; foreign policy; Ministry of Defence; Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (MBFR); North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO); Nuclear Weapons; organisation; Payments; Protectionism; Protectionist; State Department; Tariffs; Trade; Trade Bill; troops; White House; withdrawal
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