Reference FO 371/151935
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Trends of Communist Policy
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1023 (pp 13 to end)
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 Reports, Correspondence
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Algeria, Australia, China, Congo, Cuba, East Germany, Japan, Turkey, 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 containing a series of reports prepared by the Foreign Office entitled "Trends of Communist Policy", covering the period from May to November 1960. Developments included the interception of an American U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union; the collapse of a summit in Paris when the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, walked out; Khrushchev's later visit to New York to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations; and a conference of the world's communist parties in Moscow. The file discusses the aggressive tone of Khrushchev's rhetoric at the U.N.; broadly unsuccessful Soviet attempts to expand their influence in newly-independent countries in Asia and Africa; the continuing standoff between Western, Soviet, and East German forces in Berlin; and ideological disagreements between the Soviet and Chinese governments, the Chinese believing that war was inevitable while capitalism existed, while the Soviets admitted the possibility of "peaceful coexistence" with the West.


aerial reconnaissance, American-Chinese relations, American-Soviet relations, British government, Chinese government, Chinese-Soviet relations, colonial independence, communist parties, Cuban-Soviet relations, détente, diplomatic officials, disarmament, East German government, East German-West German relations, espionage, French-Soviet relations, German peace treaty, intelligence sharing, international conferences, Japanese-Soviet relations, multilateral talks, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), nuclear tests, peaceful coexistence, political ideology, revisionism, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet government, Soviet politics, Soviet press, Soviet-Turkish relations, spy planes, United Nations, West Berlin

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