Russia and United Nations

March 29, 1961

Report Outline
Moscow's Challenge to United Nations
Soviet Union and World Organization
Soviet Proposals for U.N. Reorganization

Moscow's Challenge to United Nations

Soviet Attacks on United National; U.S. Response

Whether the United Nations can fulfill its high responsibilities under a constant drumfire of attack from one of its most powerful members is now disturbing non-Communist members of the world organization. Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko's renewed assault before the General Assembly, March 21, made it plain that the sweeping offensive launched from the same rostrum last autumn by Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev was not a flash in the pan. Moscow appears determined to press with all vigor its demands for a reshaping of the United Nations—a reshaping that would make the organization subservient to Soviet will. Upon the firmness of Western resistance, therefore, may depend the survival of the United Nations as an impartial and effective force in affairs of the international community.

A day before Gromyko addressed the General Assembly, Secretary of State Dean Rusk said that “Recent attacks upon the Secretary General and proposals to substitute a triumvirate for a single executive agent must be looked upon as an attempt to reduce the United Nations to ineffectiveness.”

The United States [Rusk affirmed] cannot accept so serious an undermining of the agreements and purposes of the Charter. We have committed ourselves to the United Nations as an indispensable instrument of peace. But if it is important to us, so it is to the generality of its membership, who must look to it for their safety and for attention to their interests in a turbulent world.

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Apr. 05, 1972  Russia's Diplomatic Offensive
Feb. 09, 1972  Trading with Communist Nations
Mar. 10, 1971  Indian Ocean Policy
Apr. 21, 1965  Negotiations with Communists
Nov. 13, 1963  Scientific Cooperation with the Soviet Union
Oct. 03, 1963  Trade with the Communists
Sep. 11, 1963  Non-Aggression Pacts and Surprise Attack
Oct. 11, 1961  East-West Negotiations
Mar. 29, 1961  Russia and United Nations
Aug. 10, 1960  Challenged Monroe Doctrine
Sep. 02, 1959  American-Soviet Trade
Jul. 03, 1959  Cultural Exchanges with Soviet Russia
Aug. 11, 1958  Conference Diplomacy
Jul. 23, 1958  Limited War
May 14, 1958  Cold War Propaganda
Feb. 26, 1958  Military Disengagement
Feb. 20, 1957  Indirect Aggression
Jul. 25, 1956  Trading with Communists
Jan. 11, 1956  Economic Cold War
Nov. 26, 1954  Peaceful Coexistence
Dec. 01, 1953  Tests of Allied Unity
Sep. 18, 1953  Negotiating with the Reds
Jun. 17, 1953  East-West Trade
Apr. 12, 1951  Non-Military Weapons in Cold-War Offensive
Apr. 20, 1949  Mediterranean Pact and Near East Security
Apr. 28, 1948  Trade with Russia
Sep. 11, 1946  Loyalty in Government
Jul. 31, 1946  Arctic Defenses
Apr. 01, 1943  American and British Relations with Russia
Feb. 24, 1933  Soviet-American Political and Trade Relations
Nov. 03, 1931  Russian-American Relations
Feb. 14, 1924  Russian Trade with the United States
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