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216. Telegram From Secretary of State Kissinger to the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)1

Hakto 2. 1. Please report to the President that, on the basis of my conversations with Dobrynin aboard the plane, it appears that the Soviet aims will be:

—A joint U.S.–Soviet Security Council resolution

—Peace negotiations under the auspices of the U.S. and the USSR.

2. On the basis of this conversation, I expect that our work in Moscow will focus principally on drafting of the Security Council resolution.

3. As Eagleburger told you last night, I cannot overemphasize the urgent need to keep me fully informed of the military situation. I need exact assessments, and I need them quickly and frequently.

4. Dinitz must, repeat must, report to you at least three times a day, and I must then have those reports immediately. Tell him to get his communications set up now if he has not yet done so. These reports must be clearly identified.

5. I cannot avoid mistakes if I am not kept fully up to date and know exactly what the situation on the ground is. I look to you to see that I am given what I need quickly and frequently.

Warm regards.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 39, Kissinger Trip Files, HAK Trip—Moscow, Tel Aviv, London, HAKTO, SECTO, TOSEC, Misc., Oct. 20–23, 1973. Secret; Sensitive; Immediate.