An analysis of present Soviet leaders' public statements form 1957 through the spring of 1962. Although the Soviet Union's basic hostility is undiminished, its earlier aggressiveness, largely motivated by fear of being destroyed by Western capitalist nations, has probably lessened. While present Soviet leaders view the West as less powerful than it appeared to their predecessors, they fear the possibility of a desperate attempt to halt the "inevitable" growth of socialism. Russian threats and claims to pre-eminence are described in the context of some Soviet leaders' feelings of inadequacy in relation to the West. Despite these negative aspects, there are indications of a relaxation in the Soviet leaders' attitudes toward the West.
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