Europe: The Seeds of Disengagement

The air of bonhomie that pervaded the Grand Ballroom far transcended anything normally inspired by French champagne and Russian caviar. There in France's Moscow embassy stood Charles de Gaulle, smiling benignly and shaking hands. And there stood Premier Aleksei Kosygin, his ample, blonde wife Klavdia on his arm. Mme. Kosygin pointed at her wryly grinning husband and cracked to De Gaulle: 'This one must have given you plenty of headaches these past few days." "Not at all," responded le grand Charles gallantly. "It went well, very well." Then, while Mme. de Gaulle entertained the ladies, De Gaulle took Kosygin...

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