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Letter from Premier Bulganin to President Eisenhower, regarding a summit meeting, March 3, 1958,   pp. 245-253 PDF (4.1 MB)

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Eastern Europe relates to just this category. The discussion of this
type of question would mean the impermissible interference in internal
affairs of sovereign states, a path on which Soviet Union will not tread
in any circumstance. The Soviet Government in general cannot un-
derstand why it is addressed with proposals to discuss internal affairs
of third countries which are sovereign states and with which both
the Government of the U.S.S.R. and the Government of the United
States of America maintain normal diplomatic relations. In the opin-
ion of the Soviet Government, to bring up questions of this type means
deliberately to lead matters to sharpening of relations between states,
deliberately to subject to threat the achievement of understanding on
urgent questions of liquidating the "cold war" and lessening interna-
tional tension.
The Soviet Government thinks that for guaranteeing success of the
conference at highest level, it is essential that the attention of the par-
ticipants of the conference be concentrated on such questions, the
resolution of which will actually help the detente of international ten-
sion, the strengthening of confidence between states and the consoli-
dation of peace.
The Soviet Government expresses hope that the Government of
the United States of America will regard the considerations above set,
forth in a positive sense.
Letter from Premier Bulganin to President Eisenhower,
Regarding a Summit Meeting, March 3, 19581
[01cial translation]            V
I have received your message of February 15, and I deem it neces-
sary to express some views regarding the questions touched upon in
your message.
It has been almost three months since the Soviet Government, con-
cerned about the development of the international situation, which
development is dangerous to the cause of peace, made a proposal to
convene a conference of top government officials to solve a number of
problems of immediate urgency and to determine through joint efforts
effective methods of easing international tension and of ending the
"cold war" situation.
It is obvious even now that the idea of conducting negotiations at
the highest level has met with approval and support on the part of.
governments and wide public circles in many countries. This is all the
more understandable because the supreme interests of all peoples-
the interests of the preservation and strengthening of peace-insist-
ently demand that an end be put to -a further drift toward war, that
the atmosphere of suspicion, threats, and military preparations be
dispelled, and that a path of peaceful coexistence and businesslike co-
operation of all states be embarked upon.
In our letters to each other during recent months we have exchanged
views in regard to the holding of a summit conference, and I con-
sider that this exchange of views has had a positive significance and
has played a definite role in the preparation of such a meeting. Above
1 Department of State Bulletin, April 21, 1958, pp. 648-652. See also tripartite
tion of March 31, 1958 (infra).
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