Vladivostok, USSR with Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev

President Gerald R. Ford’s foreign policy was dominated by the continued Cold War with U.S.S.R. President Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the U.S. delegation understood the importance of a trip to U.S.S.R. for meetings with General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. Following numerous late night meetings and several personal moments including when President Ford gave Secretary General Brezhnev the coat off his back that Brezhnev had repeatedly admired, on November 24, 1974 they signed a joint communique on the limitation of strategic offensive arms in the conference hall of the Okeansky Sanatorium.

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