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Aide-mémoire from the Soviet Foreign Minister (Gromyko) to the American Ambassador (Thompson), proposing a summit meeting, February 28, 1958,   pp. 242-245 PDF (1.7 MB)

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-the creation in Central Europe of a zone free from atomic
-the conclusion of a nonaggression agreement between states
entering into the North Atlantic Alliance and states participating
in the Warsaw Treaty;
-the reduction of numbers of foreign troops on the territory
of Germany and within the borders of other European states;
the working out of agreement on questions connected with the
prevention of sudden attack;
-measures for the expansion of international trade ties; the
cessation of war propaganda;
-ways for reducing tension in the area of the Near and Middle
Besides, the Soviet Government, as it has already pointed out several
times, is ready also to discuss with general consent at the conference
other constructive proposals directed to the cessation of the "cold
war," which could be introduced by other participants of the confer-
Having carefully studied the ideas contained in messages of the
President of the United States of America D. Eisenhower to Chair-
man of Council of Ministers of U.S.S.R. N. A. Bulganin, the Soviet
Government expresses readiness also to discuss at the conference at the
Summit the following questions:
-prohibition of use of cosmic space for military purposes and
liquidation of foreign military bases on foreign territories.
Reaching an agreement on this important question would much
reduce the danger of sudden outbreak of war and would be a big
step for guaranteeing conditions for the quiet and peaceful life of
-conclusion of a German peace treaty. For discussion of this
question the Soviet Government proposes to draw in representa-
tion of the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Repub-
lic of Germany. Of course, the question of unification of German
Democratic Republic and Federal German Republic into one
state, wholly relating to the competence of these two German
states, cannot be the subject of consideration at a forthcoming
conference at the Summit;
-the development of ties and contacts between countries. The
Soviet Government has unalterably stood for the development
of such contacts in every possible way. It shares the view of the
importance of such type of contacts expressed in the message of
President Eisenhower of February 15 of this year. For- its part,
the Soviet Government attributes great importance to the support
of systematic personal contacts between leading personalities of
states for the exchange of opinions on current international ques-
tions in the interests of strengthening mutual trust and the con-
solidation of general peace
At the same time, the Soviet Government, as it has already pointed
out several times, considers completely impossible the discussion at
a conference at the Summit, and indeed at any international confer-
ence, of such questions as relate to the field of internal affairs of this
or that state. The question brought up by the Government of the
United States of America concerning the situation in the countries of

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