40. Memorandum From the Executive Secretary of the Department of State (Hill) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Clark)1
- U.S.-Soviet Relations: Kiev/New York Consulates and Cultural Agreement
We have been looking into the pros and cons of taking action in two areas of our relationship with the Soviets:
(1) Consulates General in Kiev and New York City;
(2) Cultural Exchange Agreement.
We believe there are some clear benefits to be gained by U.S. initiatives in these areas, but each also has some public relations or foreign policy drawbacks. Attached are our analyses of the options available to us on these issues and the pros and cons of each.
Regarding cultural exchanges, you will recall that NSDD 75 states, inter alia, that the exchanges framework should not be further dismantled; and that those exchanges that promote positive evolutionary change within the USSR should be expanded at the same time that the U.S. will insist on full reciprocity.
- Source: Department of State, Executive Secretariat, S/S, Special Handling Restrictions Memos, 1979–1983, Lot 96D262, Super Sensitive April 1–17, Confidential. In a covering memorandum to Shultz, Burt wrote: “I understand that at the NSPG Friday [April 8] you may want to raise these issues. At Tab 1 are talking points. At Tab 2 are options papers we sent to the NSC.” The NSPG meeting on April 8 did not address the exchanges and consulate issues; instead, it dealt entirely with Poland. Information on this NSPG meeting is scheduled for publication in Foreign Relations, 1981–1988, vol. IX, Poland, 1982–1988.↩
- McManaway signed for Hill above Hill’s typed signature.↩
- Preparations for establishment of the consulates were suspended after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.↩