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Soviet Union

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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43.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's current relations with the Soviet Union.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister paid a highly successful visit to the Soviet Union in March and held talks with Mr. Gorbachev in an excellent atmosphere on 7 December at Brize Norton. My right hon. and learned Friend will be visiting the Soviet Union early next year and other high-level visits in both directions are also planned. The current health of the relationship depends on mutual respect and frank speaking, including on issues such as human rights and Afghanistan.