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944–1

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944–1
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Leonid I. Brezhnev
  • Viktor M. Sukhodrev
  • Ronald L. Ziegler
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • William P. Rogers
  • Alexander Akalovsky
June 18, 1973
Conversation No. 944-1

Date: June 18, 1973
Time: 12:32 pm - 3:12 pm
Location: Oval Office

[Continued from Conversation No. 943-8]

An unknown portion of conversation was not recorded while the audiotape reels were changed.

The President met with Leonid I. Brezhnev, Viktor M. Sukhodrev, Henry A. Kissinger, William
P. Rogers, Helmut (“Hal”) Sonnenfeldt, Anatoliy F. Dobrynin, and Andrei A. Gromyko.

[Unintelligible]

US-Soviet Union relations

-Negotiations

-Brezhnev’s visit

-Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe [CSCE]
-Middle East
-Agreements
-Preparations

-Officials assisting in preparations

-Kissinger, Rogers, Sonnenfeldt

-1972 summit

Soviet Union
-Agriculture

-Drought

-Weather forecasts

-Products

-Grain

-Wheat

-Cotton

-Sugar beet [?]

-Positive outlook
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-1 (cont’d)

-Industry

-Capital allocation

-Expenditures

-Metal

-Manpower

-Visit of Soviet minister to US
-Evgeny Evgenyvich Alexeyevsky

-Report on US industry

-Meetings with Brezhnev

-US cooperation

-Agriculture

-Climatic zones

-Difficulty

-Forthcoming agreement with US

-Negotiations

-Gas and oil exploration

-Negotiations

-Negotiations with US

-Brezhnev’s background

-Metallurgic engineering

-Role of experts

-Soviet food minister

-Visit to US

-Pepsi-Cola

-Estonian heritage

-Armand hammer

-Occidental petroleum

-Economic relations with US

-Trade

-Credits

-Results of 1972 summit

-Duration of relationship

-Brezhnev’s meeting with senators

-Natural gas trade


Brezhnev’s visit
-Officials assisting in preparation
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-1 (cont’d)

-Gromyko, Dobrynin

US-Soviet Union relations
-Brezhnev’s comments
-President’s appreciation
-Brezhnev’s visit
-President’s approach
-Spirit of appreciation
-Dwight D. Eisenhower’s meeting with Nikita S. Khrushchev in 1960
-Contrasts
-Temper of the times
-Nuclear weapons
-Foundation
-Mutual respect and equal strength
-Other nations’ views
-Brezhnev’s visit to France
-French views of US-Soviet Union cooperation
-Forthcoming nuclear agreement, June 22, 1973
-Brezhnev’s role

Brezhnev visit
-Agenda
-Europe
-CSCE
-Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions [MBFR]
-Middle East
-Influence on negotiations

President’s visit to Moscow in 1972
-Agenda
-Vietnam
-Prior discussions

Vietnam
-Paris Accords
-Adherence
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Tape Subject Log
(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-1 (cont’d)

Cambodia
-North Vietnamese
-Quest for peace

US-Soviet Union relations
-Role in world
Influence on war and peace
-Economic relationship
-President’s goal

-Support

-Expansion of trade

-Goals of Soviet government

-Shared goals with US

-Expansion of trade

-Most-Favored Nation [MFN] status

-Adaptation of systems

US-Soviet Union cooperation

-Boeing

-Soviet negotiations

-Mutual advantage

-Profits


Time difference between Moscow and Washington, DC

US-Soviet Union relations
-Air transportation and communication
-Forthcoming nuclear agreement, June 22, 1973
-Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]

-Progress of talks

-Views of American people

-Support for the summit

-Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson

-Kissinger

-Meeting with Brezhnev

-Brezhnev’s opinion of Jackson

-Peace, friendship, co-operation

-Jackson

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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM


Tape Subject Log

(rev. August-2011)

Conversation No. 944-1 (cont’d)

-Aspirations of the American people
-Brezhnev’s assessment

-International hope

-Brezhnev’s nature


Brezhnev’s schedule

-Camp David

-Adjustment to time change

-Kissinger

-Dobrynin

-State dinner

-Brezhnev’s possible telephone calls to Moscow
-Sense of humor

President’s schedule

-Meetings

-Signing of documents

-State dinner


The President, Brezhnev, et al. left at 3:12 pm.
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