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Detente

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Detente means relaxing or easing. D�tente was a permanent relaxation in international affairs during the Cold War rather than just a temporary relaxation. The horrors of Vietnam shocked people and there was a growing fear of a nuclear holocaust especially with the growth in those countries that had nuclear weapons. Also both USA and USSR had huge stockpiles of weapons. This is why D�tente occurred. It is very important. From 1969 to 1972 the first of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks occurred. This was created to place limits and restrains on powerful weapons. There was a freeze on using them but not making them which did not improve the situation. ...read more.

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Anti Ball Missiles was limited around Moscow and the U.S didn't have a thin ABM defence they used them at 2 ICBM sites to protect themselves. During the Mid 70s the Helsinki Agreements occurred. It was seen as a step towards reducing Cold War tensions and hopefully for the Soviet Union the rules on Nation borders would change. Europe. The Helsinki agreements recognised Soviet control over Eastern Europe because it dictated confrontation and expansion abroad. Russia promised to respect human rights but Brezhnev didn't have the intentions for honouring the human rights but the U.S needed D�tente to occur because they believed the Soviet Union was strong and going to get stronger. ...read more.

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Neither side reduced their weapons. The Helsinki Agreement didn't achieve much, it confirmed the Iron Curtain and Russia did not honour the human rights. Further talks were less successful and a SALT2 Treaty in 1979 added little because it was not ratified so neither of the sides had to follow the rules. Detente means relaxing or easing. D�tente was a permanent relaxation in international affairs during the Cold War rather than just a temporary relaxation. The horrors of Vietnam shocked people and there was a growing fear of a nuclear holocaust especially with the growth in those countries that had nuclear weapons. Also both USA and USSR had huge stockpiles of weapons. This is why D�tente occurred. It is very important. ...read more.

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