obituary (hvernig segir maður það á íslensku?) um Anatoly Dobrynin, sendiherra Sovétríkjanna í Bandaríkjunum á árunum 1962-1986:
"One good thing I know about you", Nixon told Dobrynin, "there has not been a single leak." It was largely via [this] channel that Dobrynin and Henry Kissinger, Nixon's National Security Adviser, drafted the 1972 anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty – the key international guarantor of nuclear stability for 30 years.
Indeed, Nixon developed, through Dobrynin, so warm a relationship with his Soviet opposite number Leonid Brezhnev that, by Dobrynin's account, the two men felt that they had more in common with each other than with their comrades. He recalled how, at a summit meeting in California in 1973, a jet-lagged Brezhnev drank too much on his first evening and spilt the beans to Nixon about his Politburo colleagues. "Anatoly, did I talk too much?" Brezhnev asked the next morning. "Yes," answered the ambassador, "but I was careful not to translate everything."
Later, as Nixon was engulfed by the Watergate crisis, Dobrynin was dispatched on Brezhnev's orders to tell him that Moscow was on his side and that he should not "crack under pressure".
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