Leonid Brezhnev (1906–1982) was the leader of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982. As the head of the Soviet Communist Party in the early 1970s, Brezhnev worked with the Nixon administration to foster détente between the Soviet Union and the United States. In 1972, Brezhnev and Nixon signed a Strategic Arms Limitation agreement (SALT I), which improved relations between the two countries. Brezhnev later worked with President Jimmy Carter to reach SALT II in 1979, but that treaty was never ratified by the United States.

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