Nixon tapes reveal private talk with Soviet leader

GILLIAN FLACCUS
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FILE - In this April 29, 1974, file photo, President Richard M. Nixon points to the transcripts of the White House tapes after he announced during a nationally-televised speech that he would turn over the transcripts to House impeachment investigators, in Washington. The last 340 hours of tapes from Nixon's White House were released Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, along with more than 140,000 pages of text materials. (AP Photo/File)

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — The final installment of secret recordings from President Richard Nixon's White House reveals the president chatting warmly with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in the run-up to a major summit.

The Oval Office conversation from June 18, 1973, was released Wednesday along with 340 hours of tape and more than 140,000 pages of documents.

Nixon and Brezhnev met one-on-one with only an interpreter present for an hour and chatted about personal topics, including their families.

The conversation happened before the start of a historic seven-day summit.

The tapes also include Nixon speaking with Ronald Reagan after delivering a public address on Watergate.

Nixon made 3,700 hours of tape between February 1971 and July 1973 using a covert recording system.