News: US/Soviet Non-Aggression Pact Signed

12th November 1988: Soviet President Gorbachev flies to the White House to sign a Non-Aggression Pact with the United States. In the surprise move, the Soviets agree to withdraw all their forces from Afghanistan by the end of February 1989 and the Americans to respect British neutrality and evacuate their UK bases by the end of 1988. Both leaders hailed this pact as the first step in improving relations between the two countries and "improving peace and stability across the globe".

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