The Paris Conference: Quick Reflex

The Russians did not even wait for the NATO chiefs to get back home. Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko briskly dismissed the NATO chiefs' proffer of a new foreign ministers' conference on disarmament. "We are in fact invited to sit again at a conference table with the same NATO members with whom we have patiently negotiated until now," he told the Supreme Soviet, "and to launch again into sterile negotiations which do not advance the cause of disarmament one whit." In almost the same breath and on almost the same grounds, he scuttled any idea of renewed Russian participation in the U.N.'s...

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