Russia and United States End Cold War (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: After four decades of competition and confrontation between the two superpowers, President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin issued a formal statement of principles declaring the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new relationship.
The Camp David Declaration
U.S. president George Bush and Russian president Boris Yeltsin conferred at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, on February 1, 1992. Following their businesslike discussions, the two leaders approved and signed a declaration of principles outlining the future relations of the two nations. The leaders agreed that their countries would commit in the future to a cooperative and friendly relationship, with the objective of reducing and eventually eliminating the numerous causes of disagreements that fueled the dangerous Cold War following the end of World War II. Both presidents announced this statement of principles at a Camp David press conference the same day.
The six-point Camp David Declaration included many issues and objectives. The two nations promised no longer to view each other as potential adversaries. As a second objective, both governments promised to eliminate any remnants of past hostility. A third goal emphasized concern for the well-being of both societies. Freedom of economic development and international trade was included as the fourth principle. A fifth objective promised common support for...
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