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The Kurillian KnotA History of Japanese-Russian Border Negotiations$
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Hiroshi Kimura

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758352

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758352.001.0001

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Years of the Aging Soviet Leaders

Years of the Aging Soviet Leaders

(p.78) Chapter 5 Years of the Aging Soviet Leaders
The Kurillian Knot
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This chapter is concerned with the leaders of the Soviet Union. Leonid Brezhnev succeeded Nikita Khrushchev as leader of the Soviet Union. Brezhnev's Asian collective security scheme attracted little support. Andrei Gromyko was dispatched by the Kremlin to Tokyo in 1972. His visit was little more than a reconnaissance mission, and it was unlikely that the Soviet Union had already decided to make concessions on the Northern Territories issue. In 1973, Kakuei Tanaka traveled to Moscow for talks with Brezhnev. The Japan–China Peace and Friendship Treaty is then addressed. The Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan was the development that took Japanese wariness of the Soviet Union to an unprecedented level. Policy orientation toward Japan under Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko changed very little from that of the Brezhnev years.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, Nikita Khrushchev, Andrei Gromyko, Tokyo, Kakuei Tanaka, Japan–China Peace, Friendship Treaty, Afghanistan

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