EDITORIAL NOTES: U.S. President Richard Nixon told millions of Soviet television viewers on sunday (May?
EDITORIAL NOTES: U.S. President Richard Nixon told millions of Soviet television viewers on sunday (May 28) that the summit talks he had held with Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev had seen significant progress towards reducing the risk of conflict between their two nations.
Speaking from the Green Room of the Kremlin Palace the U.S. President said that he and the Soviet leaders had begun to bring to fruition some of their hopes for victory over hunger, want, misery and disease.
He gave an assurance that it was not the intention of the talks to divide up the world into spheres of influence, or in any way to conspire against the interests of other nations.
The President did not mention the Vietnam war or any other problem causing tension in American/Soviet relations. But he said the United States and the Soviet Union shared a two-fold responsibility: to practice restraint in matters like the supply of arms to developing nations, and to assist developing nations economically and socially without political interference.
He warned that without checks to the nuclear arms race like those covered in the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty there could be no winners, only losers.
President Nixon spoke for twenty minutes, using notes. His speech was simultaneously translated into Russian.