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As the result of detente, the United States and Soviet Union managed to sign several important agreements, such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, and to reduce spending on the arms race. They also managed to improve their ability to communicate in a crisis through the signing of agreements to improve the hotline and to ensure communication in the event of the accidental launch of a nuclear weapon. Trade and inter-state exchanges also flourished during the period. In addition, due to detente, a number of events that might have escalated into more serious conflicts were settled more amicably. For example, the killing of Soviet sailors by American bombs in May 1972 brought little protest from the Soviet media because of the upcoming Moscow Summit of 1972.

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