Ever since the Italian elections, it had been common political gossip that the Kremlin's next move might be a "peace offensive." That offensive started last week with a bang.

On May 4 in Moscow, U.S. Ambassador Walter Bedell Smith paid a private call in the Kremlin on Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov.

Talking Turkey. "Beedle" Smith had called to talk turkey with Molotov. In a full statement of the U.S. position, he told the Soviet Foreign Minister that the U.S. is economically sound of heart & limb; that it is by no means paralyzed in its international activities by...