153763

Reference FO 371/153763
Title Western (W): General (W). Summit Meeting between US, UK, France and Soviet Union Held in Paris, 14-19 May 1960
Former Foreign Office Reference Code W files 1073/49-1073/66
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, Reports, Memoranda, Speeches and Public Statements
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States, Yugoslavia
People Ashley Clarke, Charles de Gaulle, Charles E. Bohlen, Christian A. Herter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gladwyn Jebb, Harold Caccia, Konrad Adenauer, Lauris Norstad, Nikita Khrushchev, Thomas Brimelow
Key Events U-2 incident

Description

A file containing documents relating to an East-West summit meeting in Paris. Documents in the file include an assessment by the British embassy in Moscow of actions undertaken by Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader, before leaving for Paris. The assessment notes that Khrushchev had seemed to be disillusioned by the prospect of the summit, and was using the U-2 incident for various propaganda purposes. Subjects covered in the file include communications from Khrushchev about the incident; and the opening meeting of the summit, at which American overflights were discussed, and at which Khrushchev threatened to release a statement about the incident that would end the summit. Further documents in the file include the text of president Eisenhower's statement to the summit on the incident; a report of the views of the American ambassador in Moscow about the Soviet actions at the summit; and telegrams reporting developments in Paris.

Keywords

aircraft, aircraft crashes, American foreign policy, American intelligence agencies, American-French relations, American-Soviet relations, Anglo-Italian relations, Anglo-Soviet relations, arms control, B.B.C., borders, British foreign policy, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), détente, disarmament, East-West relations, espionage, French foreign policy, French-Soviet relations, international conferences, interviews, Italian press, Izvestiya, multilateral talks, nuclear tests, official visits, Paris Summit (1960), Pravda, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet press, spy planes, telecommunications, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, United States Air Force, West German foreign policy, West German government

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