COLD WAR: Be Prepared

The preparations for meeting the Russians at Berlin began last week as such things usually do—by an inability even to agree on where in Berlin to meet. Both parties on the scene circled warily. So, in their separate home capitals, did the foreign ministers themselves. It had been nearly five years since Western foreign ministers sat down with Molotov. What was in store?

A growing nervousness was detectable in the Western chancelleries. Molotov could probably not be held to a discussion only of Germany and Austria. He might convincingly talk of total atomic disarmament—and a ban on atomic weapons, without...

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