THE NATIONS: Mr. Molotov Comes to Town

When his airplane landed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Walter Bedell Smith was pale and tired. His limping but cheerful wife (she had strained a muscle playing badminton) was there to greet him, and so was a cluster of Western diplomats, generals, newsmen. But no Russians. Said Bedell Smith: "Fine weather you're having here."

Smith was one of three Western envoys who, after conferences in Berlin and London, had traveled to Moscow in search of peace. The others were Yves Chataigneau of France and tubby, popular Frank Roberts of Britain's Foreign Office, substituting for Britain's ailing...

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