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Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Release of Foreign Relations, 1977-1980, Volume VI, Soviet Union

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 19, 2013


The Department of State released today Foreign Relations, 1977–1980, Volume VI, Soviet Union.

This volume is part of a Foreign Relations subseries that documents the most important foreign policy issues of the Jimmy Carter Administration. The focus of this volume is on U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union during the Carter Administration, demonstrating the growing tension between U.S. and Soviet leaders and the eventual downfall of detente. Relations with the Soviet Union remained at the top of Carter’s foreign policy agenda, just as they had been in the Nixon and Ford Administrations. However, the U.S. relationship with the Soviet Union was never simply bilateral in nature; instead, the two super powers were actively engaged politically throughout the world. Therefore, this volume includes documentation on the Middle East, China, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Horn, as well as SALT, emigration, and human rights.

This volume was compiled and edited by Melissa Jane Taylor. The volume and this press release are available on the Office of the Historian website at Copies of the volume will be available for purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office online at (GPO S/N 044-000-02-661-9 ISBN 978-0-16-092170-4), or by calling toll-free 1-866-512-1800 (D.C. area 202-512-1800). For further information, contact

PRN: 2013/1603


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