Date: September 15-16, 1972

Time: Unknown between 11:43 pm, September 15 and 1:01 am, September 16, 1972

Location: Oval Office

The President met with Henry A. Kissinger and Alexander M. Haig, Jr.


Kissinger’ schedule

-William P. Rogers

US-Soviet Union relations

-Lend-Lease agreement

-Trade agreement with Soviet Union


-Peter G. Peterson

-Export-import credit

-Most Favored Nation [MFN] status

-Leonid I. Brezhnev


-Lend-Lease payments


-Five Year Plan

-Brezhnev’s efforts

-Commercial agreements

-Maritime Minister

-Trade Minister

-Kirill T. Mazurov [?]


-October 10, 1972

-Discussion of trade agreement

-Elements of the agreement

-Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions [MBFR]

-Helmut Sonnenfeldt

-European Security Conference

-US allies

-European Security Conference

-Jacob D. Beam



Tape Subject Log

(rev. Oct-06)

-Andrei A. Gromyko

-Vasily V. Kuznetsov



-Schedule of events


-North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] council

-Nixon diplomacy

-European reaction

-Edward R.G. Heath

-Georges J.R. Pompidou



-The President’s announcement

-State Department’s response

-Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] schedule

-November 15, 1972

-Soviets’ announcement


-Anatoliy F. Dobrynin


-Trade agreement

-MBFR talks

-European Security Conference

-Joint announcement

-The President’s role

-State Department’s role


-Sir Alexander F. (“Alec”) Douglas-Home

-SALT progress

-Signing of SALT

-H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

-Gromyko visit, October 2 or 3, 1972



-Relations with North Vietnamese

-Soviet trade agreement

-Disclosure of details


-The President’s press conference

-Peterson’s press conference



Tape Subject Log

(rev. Oct-06)

-Explanation of negotiations

-The President’s role


-Kissinger’s press conference

-The President’s formulation of trade package

-Possible leaks about negotiations



-Press conference

-Media attention

-Kissinger consultations with Rogers

-Lend-Lease agreement

-Soviet negotiators

-Lend-Lease agreement

-Monetary figures




-Repayment schedule


-Message to Kissinger






-Kissinger’s meeting of September 15, 1972

-Vietnamese attitude

-Kissinger’s view

-Possible announcement

-Peace negotiations

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