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The Last Superpower Summits

Svetlana Savranskaya
Thomas Blanton

Chronology of Events

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March 11: Mikhail Gorbachev is elected general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) by the Central Committee after the death of Konstantin Chernenko.

March 11: Reagan writes Gorbachev a letter inviting him to visit the United States. Two weeks later, Gorbachev accepts and lays out a vision of improved relations between the two nations.

April 8: Gorbachev announces a halt to further deployment of Soviet intermediate-range SS-20 missiles in Europe as a sign of readiness to negotiate on reductions in INF.

April 23: The Plenum of the CPSU Central Committee, which will officially launch the policy of perestroika, convenes.

May 30: A new round of U.S.-Soviet negotiations on nuclear and space weapons begins.

June 29: At a Politburo session, Eduard Shevardnadze is appointed Soviet foreign minister.

October 5-6: Gorbachev visits France on his first visit abroad. Mitterrand encourages him to reach out to Reagan and offers to act as an intermediary.

November 19–21: Gorbache...

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