This Day in History

President Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow on May 22, 1972, for a historic summit with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. This visit was a significant part of Nixon’s policy of détente, which aimed to ease the tensions of the Cold War through diplomatic engagement. The summit led to the signing of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I) and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, marking the first agreements on nuclear arms control between the two superpowers. Nixon’s trip was a pivotal moment in U.S.-Soviet relations and had lasting impacts on international diplomacy.