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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