Democratic Movements Throughout The Soviet Bloc

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emboldened democratic movements throughout the Soviet bloc. Now this document is still considered to be a key instrument, which played a significant role in reducing the heat in the Cold War. Though the critics of the Act blasted it by saying that it gave the Soviet Union legitimacy over the territories it had acquired in Eastern Europe during the Second World War, due to the inclusion of certain clauses regarding the inviolability of the national borders and respect for territorial integrity However, it may be pointed out that the Final Act simply stated that "frontiers" in Europe should be stable but could change by peaceful internal means. Ford also reaffirmed that US non-recognition policy of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia’s incorporation into the Soviet Union had not changed. The Helsinki Accords served as the groundwork for the later Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), established under the Paris Charter. I would like to point out here the informality that existed between the two leaders and how they approached each other. Why I regard summitry at the pinnacle of all diplomatic overtures is because there is no higher forum at which two countries decide to address issues of supreme importance and once the leaders of two countries decide that progress ought to be made on a certain issue, backtracking from such a commitment at the highest-level becomes very difficult. I would also posit that where a certain issue would take around one year to be
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