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Ussr (Learned Society Contacts)

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Prime Minister what advice she has given to the Royal Society about contacts with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics scientists and engineers following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The Government's policy is to curtail high-level and ministerial contacts with the Soviet Union for the time being. Other contacts may proceed if they are in the British interest, I am sure that the Royal Society, which is an independent and responsible body, is well aware of the Government's views and will take them into account in making its own decisions about its contacts with Soviet scientists and engineers.