American President Ronald Reagan is seen in the the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, from where He delivers a New Year's greeting to the people of the Soviet Union. He is seated in front of a fireplace mantle decorated with holly. A large poinsettia plant sits in front of the fireplace. The American flag is displayed to his right. The President describes the ways typical American families celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year. He mentions the U.S.Presidential election scheduled for next year (1988). Reagan notes that he and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, last month and hope to meet again, in a few months, in Moscow. He alludes to Soviet and American representatives in Geneva discussing a 50 percent reduction in strategic nuclear weapons suggests they may have a treaty ready to sign in Spring. President Reagan notes that America and the Soviet Union have the opportunity to develop a defensive shield against ballistic missiles, and that the U.S. intends to pursue the possibility that technology offers. In other matters, the President speaks of expanding contacts and communications between our two countries. He mentions Human rights and human dignity. He expresses concern about senseless conflicts in a number of regions. He closes by wishing the Soviet people a Happy New Year. (Note: President Reagan's message was recorded on December 23, 1987, in the White House and broadcast on January 1, 1988.)
The Moscow summit between the U.S. and USSR in Moscow, Russia. Pictures depict the tribes and people of America. People pack the pictures in a box for the visit of the Soviet Union people. Some pictures of the Russian art. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Union Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev visits the United States. People on the street to receive him. The U.S. Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz and his wife visit Russia. People greet them. Gorbachev and the U.S. president Ronald Reagan at a summit in Washington DC. Americans at the summit. Animation depicts the merging of cultures between the two nations and the exchange of magazines. American rock star Billy Joel and his group perform in the Soviet Union on New Year's eve. Cultural exchange between the two countries includes a piano performance of Horowitz in Moscow and a ballet performance in the United States by the Bolshoi Ballet. An exchange program at school level. Soviet children at an American outdoors ropes and climbing activity during an exchange program. The talks held to discuss vital issues in New York. People sit in an amphitheater with officials at a Chautaqua Talk in 1987. The people of the Soviet Union watch an "Information USA" touring exhibit in the Soviet Union that presents American culture. A young Russian boy speaks about his interest in American culture. People watch a science exhibition. Astronauts of the USA and Soviet Union in a spacecraft. Collaboration of the two nations to protect the ozone layer. Officials of the two nations sign an agreement relating to the nuclear power plants. George Shultz, the U.S. secretary of State, inaugurates a system that communicates nuclear dangers. A woman in the communication room. Food grain supplied to the Soviets. Soviet Union tanks and soldiers in Afghanistan. Soldiers walk on a street. American journalist Nicholas Daniel disembarks a plane after his release. The view of the American Embassy. Mikhail Gorbachev with U.S. President Ronald Reaga
The US-USSR Moscow Summit on Human rights in Moscow, Soviet Union. U.S. president Ronald Reagan speaks on issues relating to Human rights. Other officials seated in front. He speaks about the right to immigrate and travel. View of the Kremlin in Moscow. U.S. Secretory of State George Pratt Shultz speaks about strategic arms reductions in light of the weapons race. The White house press secretary Marlin Fitzwater at a press conference. The board reads 'Department of State'. Exteriors of the building. View of protesters permitted to demonstrate in the Soviet Union indicating some improvement in conditions. In Washington DC, citizens march on streets demonstrating for the freedom of Soviet Jews. The soviet scholar Peter Reddaway speaks about the reforms and highlights reforms and changing Soviet policy on open-ended internment of mental health patients. People pray inside a church in the Soviet Union. George Weigel, the president of the James Madison Foundation, speaks of importance of religious freedom in the Soviet union on a news panel. Weigel states that religious freedom is a key test of Glasnost and Perestroika. Exterior view of the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family under construction in Washington DC, built by Ukrainian American Catholics. People in the Soviet Union protest, marching on a street and holding signs and pickets. A large military parade in the Soviet Union in Red Square.
Opening scene shows closeup of a large illuminated Red Star displayed during New Year holidays atop Nikolskaya Tower in the Kremlin. It is seen again, from Red Square, along with Kremlin wall. A light snow covers evergreen trees in foreground. The General Secretary of the communist party of Soviet Union Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev speaks on world net telecast in Moscow, Soviet Union. He begins his remarks by saying: "Ladies and gentleman, friends, as we celebrate the New Year, I am glad to address the citizens of the United States of America and to convey to you season's greetings and best wishes from all Soviet people." He speaks of the improving interactions and relations between "our two peoples." Among other things, he states: "Human life is equally priceless, whether in the Soviet Union, the United States, or in any other country. So, let us spare no effort to affirm peace on Earth. He finishes by saying: "In concluding this New Year address to the people of the United States of America, I wish peace, happiness, and joy to every American family. A happy New Year to all of you."
The USA-USSR Moscow summit on perestroika in Moscow, Soviet Union. A boat sails in water in front of the buildings. Traffic on road. The expert speaks on the sluggish Soviet economy. People walk on the streets. The Marshall Goldman, a Soviet economist speaks during a world net telecast. People in front of the shops and on the streets. The U.S. president Ronald Wilson Reagan and General Secretary of the communist party of Soviet Union Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev sign a pact. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev waves to the people. The people hold balloons as they stand to greet him. Officials stand. People during the formation of the Solidarity, a labor union in Poland. A world net telecast as two officials speak.
The Moscow Summit in Moscow, Russia. The Soviet Union troops in Afghanistan. A tank is stationed. A camel in the foreground. The soldiers march. U.S. President Ronald Wilson Reagan speaks on the Soviet Union's decision on the removal of the soldiers from Afghanistan. Trucks and tanks are driven. A U.S. officer in a press conference. A plane in flight. The soldiers on the tanks. The soldiers fire artillery mounted on tanks during the Iran and Iraq War. A vessel in a sea. Wrecked vessels in the sea. The U.S. Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz visits places in the middle east to convince the Arabs and the Israelis for a peace agreement. The signing of an agreement by officials.