Treaty of Moscow (1970)

The Treaty of Moscow was signed on 12 August 1970 between the USSR and West Germany (FRG). It was signed by Willy Brandt and Walter Scheel from the FRG side and by Alexei Kosygin and Andrei Gromyko from the USSR side.

Treaty of Moscow
TypeBilateral treaty
Signed12 August 1970 (1970-08-12)
LocationMoscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Soviet Union
West Germany
RatifiersSoviet Union
West Germany


During the 1970s while Willy Brandt was Chancellor of the FRG, the country followed a foreign relations policy of Ostpolitik. It "abandoned, at least for the time being, its claims with respect to German self-determination and reunification, recognising de facto the existence of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Oder–Neisse line."[1]

Both sides expressed their ambition to strive for a normalization of the relations between the European states while keeping international peace and to follow the guidelines of the Article 2 of the UN Charter.

The signees renounced the use of force, and recognised the post-World War II borders — specifically the Oder–Neisse line which hived off a large portion of historical eastern Germany to Poland and the USSR.

It also enshrined the division between East and West Germany, thus contributing a valuable element of stability into the relationship between the two countries.

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Further readingEdit

  • Notes of reply from the three Western Powers (11 August 1970) retrieved from the CVCE website.
  • Pierre, Andrew J. The Bonn-Moscow Treaty of 1970: Milestone or Mirage? Russian Review, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jan., 1971), pp. 17–26
  • Фалин В. М. Без скидок на обстоятельства: Политические воспоминания. — М.: Республика: Современник, 1999. — 463 с.: ил. ISBN 5-250-02673-7


  1. ^ The Federal Republic of Germany's Ostpolitik on CVCE website (Centre for European Studies).