Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev discuss their working relationship, June 18, 1973

Published on 15 Mar 2019 / In Film & Animation

On June 18, 1973, Leonid Brezhnev visited President Richard Nixon in the White House as part of a summit meeting between the United States and Soviet Union. Interpreter Viktor Sukhodrev provided translation between English and Russian. The meeting was captured by recording devices in the Oval Office.

In this conversation segment, President Nixon highlights the necessity of cooperative relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. He emphasizes the transformative nature of the working relationship between he and Brezhnev. Brezhnev recounts a meeting he had with the Senate Commerce Committee in April 1973 and comments on the American senators' respectful attitude towards the President. In particular, Brezhnev mentions Senator Vance Hartke's hope for positive US-Soviet relations and his praise of President Nixon.

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The Nixon Presidential Library has prepared captions, which may be accessed through the Closed Caption button. The National Archives does not guarantee the accuracy of these captions.

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Conversation 943-008, Audiotape 943 (NARA Identifier #7450141), Oval Office Sound Recordings, White House Tapes, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, College Park, MD and Yorba Linda, CA.


WHPO-E1003-24A, White House Photo Office Photographs (NARA Identifier #194277), Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, College Park, MD and Yorba Linda, CA.

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