International: Look a Russian in the Eye

Big Three rule of thumb: when Russian negotiators sit hour after hour, staring glumly at their navels, things are going badly. When they look their opponents in the eye, and smile, things are going well.

Foreign Commissar Viacheslav Molotov waved a grey fedora and smiled when he stepped from a U.S. Army plane at Washington's airport this week. Greeted by Edward R. Stettinius Jr., Mr. Molotov kept on smiling and stared at a point midway between the Secretary of State's chin and navel. Posing later with Stettinius, Anthony Eden, Sir Archibald Clark Kerr and Ambassadors Harriman and Gromyko, the Foreign Commissar...

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