Reference FO 371/171939
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Foreign Policy: Implications and Trends of Communist Policy and Tactics Abroad
Former Foreign Office Reference File 1023
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes Economics and Trade, International Relations
Document Types Correspondence, Reports
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mexico, North Korea, Romania, Spain, United States of America, Vatican, West Germany, Yugoslavia
People Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Rodion Malinovskii
Key Events Assassination of John F. Kennedy


A file of correspondence and reports concerning developments within the Sino-Soviet bloc. The documents contain a series of reports produced by the Foreign Office discussing changes in "Communist Policy and Tactics" between December 1962 and November 1963. These reports cover attempts to improve Soviet relations with the West in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Cuba; and the Soviet reaction to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the American president, with the Soviet leadership giving "every appearance of being genuinely shocked". The reports also discuss the deepening of the ongoing Sino-Soviet split; the Chinese rejection of a Soviet proposal for each country to stop publishing polemics dismissing the other; and attempts by China and the Soviet Union to garner favour with Western communist parties and the non-aligned nations. Other documents cover the translation of these reports for British embassies around the world.


American government, American politics, American-Cuban relations, American-Soviet relations, Anglo-Mexican relations, Anglo-Spanish relations, anti-Stalinist communism, assassinations, Berlin, censorship, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese press, Chinese-Indian relations, Chinese-North Korean relations, Chinese-Soviet relations, communism, communist parties, Communist Party of China, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon), Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuban-Soviet relations, Czechoslovak politics, de-Stalinization, détente, diplomatic missions, diplomatic officials, disarmament, dissent, East German-Soviet relations, East-West relations, economic growth, economic infiltration, economic planning, economic policies, European Economic Community (E.E.C.), European integration, freedom of speech, Indonesian-Soviet relations, intelligentsia, international communism, international conferences, Laotian-Soviet relations, Maoism, Marxism, military withdrawal, multilateral talks, non-aligned movement, nuclear test bans, nuclear tests, nuclear weapons, official visits, party conferences, party congresses, Pravda, propaganda, public statements, Romanian foreign policy, Romanian government, Romanian politics, Romanian-Soviet relations, Sino-Soviet split, Socialist Unity Party of Germany, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet politics, Soviet press, Soviet space programme, Soviet troops abroad, Soviet-Vatican relations, Soviet-West German relations, Soviet-Yugoslav relations, Stalinism, translation, treaties, Western communist parties, World Federation of Trade Unions

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