22. Notes Prepared by President Nixon 1
Gromyko : (preparatory notes)
- Some rectification—[unclear] before talks.
- Soviet knew there had to be standstill.
• Soviet not a party—not responsible—
—[unclear] should we talk, some rectification.
- Does not question 4 power rights.
- Question is FRG’s political use of Berlin.
- Recognize Economic ties to FRG.
- What will they do on humanitarian grounds?
- • The Peace treaty depends on progress—
- • It provides non aggression—
& virtual recognition of E Germany.
Practical improv[emen]ts versus political activities.
• We have a greater stake—not to allow Berlin crisis destroy our relations.
- Time limit for withdrawal—
- Coalition—means getting rid of current gov[ernmen]t—
• If it means result of agreem[en]t between G[o]v[ernmen]t of V Nam and P.R.G.
Politically-economically stable relations is essential despite Cuba—V Nam—Berlin—
- We do not heat up atmosphere. (RN speeches for 20 months)
- We both need arms limitation
Flash point control—[Page 86]
|RN Doctrine—||}||Put the past behind—|
|Domestic Problems—||where do we go from here—|
|European Security Conference|
|Flexibility to Negotiate|
|Growth of Soviet Power—|
|Curtail arms shipment on both sides|
|No chance of 3rd German State—|
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, President’s Personal Files, Box 61, President’s Speech File, October 22, 1970, Meeting with Gromyko. No classification marking. The editor transcribed the text from the President’s handwritten notes. An attached note reads: “For RMW from the President’s Out Basket.” Nixon apparently intended that Rose Mary Woods, his personal secretary, would prepare a typed version. No such version, however, has been found.↩