CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 |
They were great antagonists of the Cold War, the avowedly Red-hating American president and the world's most powerful Communist. Yet when Richard Nixon hosted Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for a summit in June 1973, their private exchanges had the casual, meandering comity of old friends. Meeting his Russian counterpart privately in the Oval Office, with only a translator accompanying them, Nixon said the world's safety hinged on their mutual trust. “Mr. Brezhnev and I have the key, and I think that our personal relationship will unlock the door,” Nixon said.