Horst Teltschik diary

Cold War: Horst Teltschik diary (MT concern at Bush proposal to reduce US forces in Europe) [translation]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Horst Teltschik, 329 Tage: Innenansichten der Einigung [329 Days: Inside Views of the Unification] , Siedler Publishing 1991
Editorial comments: Translated specially for Dr Teltschik was Helmut Kohl’s closest foreign policy adviser.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 85
Themes: Defence (general), Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU)

Tuesday, 30 January 1990

In the afternoon, Eagleburger and Gates arrive from talks in London, Paris and Rome. They tell Kohl, Genscher and Stoltenburg that President Bush, in his State of the Union Address tomorrow, wants to propose the reduction of American and Soviet troops in the European central zone to 195,000 men each. .... Eagleburger and Gates report that Margaret Thatcher was not overly enthusiastic, but promised support, as did Mitterrand, who wanted clarification that it was not the start of the uncoupling of the USA from Europe.