Cold War: What Is Realism?

As Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and their aides sat down to lunch at the Soviet Mission to the U.N. in Manhattan, someone discovered that a package of Russian cigarettes on the table bore the brand name Troika. This allusion to the Soviet U.N. policy created general hilarity. The actual remarks are not known, but it is just possible that someone asked Gromyko: "Are you vetoing more and enjoying it less?"

The luncheon-table jollity was typical of the successive Gromyko-Rusk meetings so far, described by one participant as...

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