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Who gained the most from détente?

USSR USA
Recognition of their Eastern Europe sphere of Got rid of grain and received money for it
influence, agreed at Helsinki Accords 1975
(Basket One). This meant their security was
assured and legitimised their buffer zone.
Received desperately needed grain- no more SALT…

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Allowed access to Soviet oil and gas- helped in
oil crisis
Downside: US had to recognise the Eastern
Europe Soviet bloc- "An American seal of
approval on Soviet empire in Eastern Europe"-
Reagan

Bold highlights the policy of linkage- linking something you want with something the other
side wants.

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