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160. Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) and the Minister of the Soviet Embassy (Vorontsov), Washington, December 5, 1971, 4:55 p.m.1 2

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TELCON Vorontsov/Kissinger 4:55 p.m. - 12/5/71

V: Hello.

K: I am sorry to call you on a Sunday, but I was just talking to the President to report our conversation and I mentioned that at the end of our conversation you said that in a week or so it will be over and he said that he would like you to report to Moscow that in a week or so it may be ended but it won’t be over as far as we are concerned if it continues to take the present trend.

V: Yes.

H: He wants it to be clear that we are at a watershed in our relation-ship if it continues to go on this way.

V: I understand.

H: We cannot accept that any country would take unilateral actions like that.

  1. Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box 370, Telephone Conversations, Chronological File, 1-5 December 1971. No classification marking.
  2. Kissinger called Vorontsov to confirm that President Nixon felt that the crisis in South Asia had created a watershed in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.