Reference FO 371/151924
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Foreign Policy
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS files 1022/51-1022/55
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 Canada, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Romania, United Kingdom, United States, Yugoslavia
People Nikita Khrushchev
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 Soviet foreign policy. The file reports the French government's analysis of the decision of the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, to bring an early end to a great power conference in Paris. The French report noted "internal" pressure on Khrushchev to take a harder line with the United States, and "external" provocations including American espionage flights over Soviet territory, and considered that a period of increased tensions, especially in Berlin, was likely. The file also discusses growing ideological differences between the Soviet Union and China; the Chinese belief that "peaceful coexistence" was impossible as long as imperialism existed; and Soviet press attacks on China's "leftist dogmatism", which pointed out that revolution was possible without war.


aerial reconnaissance, American-Soviet relations, Anglo-French relations, British government, Chinese-Soviet relations, communism, Czechoslovak government, détente, disarmament, East-West relations, French government, intelligence sharing, international conferences, military officers, multilateral talks, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), official visits, party congresses, peaceful coexistence, political ideology, receptions, revisionism, Romanian press, Romanian-Soviet relations, Soviet armed forces, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet government, speeches, spy planes, threat of nuclear war

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