Foreign Relations: Up the Back Stairs


In a classic brag designed to show that he alone dictated Soviet foreign policy, Nikita Khrushchev once declared: "When I tell Gromyko to take off his pants and sit on a cake of ice, he does it." Last week, after sitting on the ice cake through nearly three years of steadily worsening U.S. -Soviet relations, it looked as if Khrushchev's successors may have at last told Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to get off and hitch up. With the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. already moving toward the conclusion of a New York-to-Moscow air pact and an outer-space treaty,...

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