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Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the state of diplomatic relations between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the USSR.

The Government seek a stable and constructive relationship with the USSR, within which we can promote British interests both in the field of international security and arms control and in trade. We also seek to develop better contacts and exchanges of information between the peoples of the two countries as provided for in the Helsinki Final Act.