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Aide-mémoire from the Soviet Foreign Minister (Gromyko) to the American Ambassador (Thompson), regarding a summit meeting, March 24, 1958,   pp. 258-263 PDF (2.7 MB)

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through the Berlin Air Safety Center over aircraft of the Soviet
Union utilizing the airspace of the, Federal Republic."
Furthermore, since the flight request was still under considera-
tion by the American, British and French Embassies when the Soviet
aircraft in question flew by an alternative route, it is incorrect to
state that the American representative refused clearance for the flight.
I should like to remind you that in the past the Three Powers have
consistently authorized individual Soviet overflights of the Federal
Republic when requested by the Soviet authorities. These authori-
zations were based on the expectation that, on their side, the Soviet
authorities would continue to honor their quadripartite responsibili-
ties and authorize, upon request, flights of aircraft of the Three
Powers in the airspace over the Soviet Zone outside the quadripartite-
ly established air corridors.
Since earlier communications on this subject have been released
to the press by the Soviet authorities, I am likewise releasing this
letter to the press.
Aide-Memoire from the Soviet Foreign Minister (Gromyko) to the
American Ambassador (Thompson), Regarding a Summit Meet-
ing, March 24,1958 1
The Soviet Government has attentively examined the considerations
set forth by the U.S. Government in its aide memoire of March 6,
1958, which is a reply to the aide memoire of the Soviet Government
of February 28 on the question of preparing a meeting at the high-
est level.
As is known, the Soviet Government, concerned as it is over inter-
national developments which have taken a turn dangerous to the cause
of peace, proposed at the close of 1957 to call a meeting of leading
statesmen to solve a number of urgent problems and to define through
joint efforts effective ways to reduce international tension and to
end the state of "cold war."
The Soviet Government notes that the U.S. Government, referring
in its aide memoire to the purpose of a summit meeting, also pro-
claims that it desires this meeting to take meaningful decisions which
would initiate the settlement of at least some important political
problems and lead to the establishment of international climate of
cooperation and good will.
However, one must admit that while the Soviet Government, after
proposing to call a meeting of leading statesmen, has taken several
concrete steps to meet the wishes of the U.S. Government and of other
Western powers, both with regard to the questions which should be
examined at a summit meeting and with regard to the procedure of
preparing this meeting, the U.S. Government, as evident from its aide
memoire, is trying in fact to bring the entire question of a summit
meeting back to the initial position.
The Soviet Government has proposed that the summit meeting
should discuss such pressing international problems, agreement on
which seems feasible at this meeting and the settlement of which could
I.Department of State Bulletin, April 21, 1958, pp. 652-655,. For the next
act in the
'summit" correspondence, see tripartite declaration of March 31, 1958,

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