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In the 1970s the strained relations between America and the Soviet Union began to ease. This was called détente. But did tensions really decrease? Watch this video to find out more.

Détente

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Key points

  • In the early 1970s, America and the Soviet Union tried to co-operate to avoid conflict. This policy was known as Détente.
  • America and the Soviet Union signed the SALT1 Treaty, to limit their missiles and bombers.
  • The Helsinki Agreement recognised Soviet control over Eastern Europe.
  • 1971 - the American table tennis team played in China. This became known as Ping pong diplomacy.
  • 1972 - Richard Nixon visited China.
  • Despite all this, neither America or the Soviets kept to the SALT1 treaty, and the Helsinki Agreement actually reinforced the iron curtain.

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