Studying the Cue Cards

The events are deliberately casual. An expert on Soviet culture, steered by Presidential aides, approaches Ronald Reagan at a reception and gently converses with him on the Russian mind. Only later is the conversation buttressed by background papers. Relaxing in the the White House, the President turns on a video recorder and watches images of Eduard Shevardnadze in action, with a voice-over describing his negotiating style. White House aides order in a print of Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, the 1981 Oscar-winning romantic comedy about three young Soviet workingwomen who move with their dreams to the big city.

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