Reference FO 371/159550
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Foreign Policy
Former Foreign Office Reference File 1022 (pp 61 to end)
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, Press and Media, Reports, Speeches and Public Statements
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Albania, China, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, United States of America, West Germany, Yugoslavia
People Aleksei Kosygin, Anastas Mikoyan, Frank Roberts, George Clutton, Georgii Zhukov, Harold Macmillan, Kliment Voroshilov, Konni Zilliacus, Nikita Khrushchev, Philip de Zulueta, Vyacheslav Molotov, Władysław Gomułka, Zhou Enlai
Key Events Soviet detonation of the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear device ever tested, Twenty-Second Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Notes Documents or parts of documents in this file were retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958.
The following items have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions:
Moscow Home Service, 18 October 1961, The CPSU 22nd Congress;
Moscow Home Service, 9 December 1961, Speech by Khrushchev;
Moscow in English for Africa, 28 November 1961, Nuclear tests: Comment on USSR's new proposals;
Moscow in French for Europe, 28 November 1961, Text of Khrushchev's reply to Jacques Madaule;
TASS, 28 November 1961, Kennedy `Izvestiya' interview.
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A file of correspondence, reports, and speeches concerning developments in Soviet international relations. The documents contain a transcript of a speech given at the Twenty-Second Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union by Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader. This speech repeats the "stock Soviet themes" regarding the "decay of capitalism and the forward march of socialism"; suggests to the West that no concessions will be granted in the ongoing dispute over the future of Berlin; and states that the Soviet Union will soon test a fifty-megaton atomic weapon, which will be the most powerful ever detonated. During the speech Khrushchev also attacked Albania and Yugoslavia for straying "from the path of true Marxism-Leninism into the 'bog of revisionism'". The documents also cover relations between the Soviet Union and China; and a rumour that Khrushchev's policy of "peaceful coexistence" does not enjoy widespread support amongst the Soviet leadership.


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