Reference FO 371/151925
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Foreign Policy
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS files 1022/56-1022/62
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes International Relations
Document Types Correspondence, Speeches and Public Statements
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries China, France, Israel, North Korea, North Vietnam, Poland, Romania, South Vietnam, United Kingdom, United States, West Germany, 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.


A file of correspondence and speeches on Soviet foreign policy. The file contains a transcript of a speech given by the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, to the congress of the Romanian Communist Party, stating that peaceful coexistence between communist and capitalist states was possible and that communists must not mechanically repeat the teachings of Marx and Lenin, and warning that the Soviet Union would respond to espionage flights over its territory by attacking the bases from which the planes took off. The file notes the deviation between the Soviet line and the Chinese government's position, which was that war was inevitable while imperialism still existed. Other documents include the views of the West German and Polish governments on Khrushchev's decision to leave the Great Power conference in Paris, and a rumour that Soviet and Chinese delegations had disagreed intensely at a meeting of the World Federation of Trade Unions.


aerial reconnaissance, agriculture, American-Soviet relations, Chinese-Soviet relations, colonial independence, communist parties, détente, disarmament, economic planning, espionage, housing, industry, living standards, party congresses, peaceful coexistence, political ideology, revisionism, Romanian Communist Party, Romanian government, Romanian-Soviet relations, Romanian-Yugoslav relations, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet government, Soviet press, Soviet satellite states, spy planes, threat of nuclear war, threat of war, West German government, World Federation of Trade Unions

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