Reference FO 371/151922
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Foreign Policy
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS files 1022/31-1022/38
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, Speeches and Public Statements
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries France, Hungary, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, United Kingdom, United States
People Nikita Khrushchev, Patrick Reilly
Key Events U-2 incident
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 American-Soviet relations and the failure of the Paris Conference. The file discusses the reasons for the decision of the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, to leave the conference early. Possible causes included internal pressure from figures within the Soviet government opposed to a policy of détente with the West; genuine anger over the American spy plane shot down shortly before the summit; and the realisation that the Soviet policy of détente had failed to sow divisions within NATO. The British ambassador to Moscow, Patrick Reilly, noted that despite the public relations damage caused by his sabotaging the conference, Khrushchev had succeeded in ensuring that there would be no further overflights of Soviet territory, and anticipated no fundamental change in Soviet foreign policy. The file also contains the text of a speech by Khrushchev after the Paris Conference.


aerial reconnaissance, aircraft, airspace, American-Soviet relations, British government, communist parties, détente, disarmament, East-West relations, espionage, Hungarian Uprising, international conferences, multilateral talks, nationalism, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), propaganda, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet government, Soviet politics, spy planes, United Nations, West Berlin

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