Reference FO 371/151921
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Foreign Policy
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS files 1022/17-1022/30
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes International Relations, Domestic Politics
Document Types Correspondence, Reports, Press and Media
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Byelorussia, China, East Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, United States
People Nikita Khrushchev
Key Events U-2 incident, Sino-Soviet split
Notes Documents in this file were retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958, but put back in place on April 18, 1994.
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A file of correspondence, reports, and press extracts on Soviet foreign policy. The file discusses the possibility that pressure from the hardline Chinese and East German governments was forcing the Soviet Union to use more hostile rhetoric towards the West; disagreements between the Soviet Union and China on foreign policy and ideology; and the recognition by the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, of the dangers of nuclear war and his consequent advocacy of "peaceful coexistence" between socialism and capitalism. The file also covers preparations for a summit meeting of the four great powers at Paris; possible reasons for Khrushchev's increasing preoccupation with foreign affairs; and the Soviet reaction to the shooting down of an American U-2 spy plane over Soviet territory. Other documents report on the activities of Soviet diplomats in Beijing, and on an application from Ukraine and Belarus to join a U.N. Convention on International Exhibitions.


academics, airspace, American press, American-Soviet relations, British Commonwealth, Chinese-East German relations, Chinese-Soviet relations, détente, diplomatic officials, diplomatic recognition, disarmament, East German-Soviet relations, East German-West German relations, East-West relations, economic policies, French-Soviet relations, German peace treaty, international conferences, international conventions, multilateral talks, nuclear weapons, official visits, peaceful coexistence, political ideology, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet politics, Soviet-West German relations, speeches, spy planes, Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, taxation, threat of nuclear war, United Nations

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