AS the U.S. and Soviet Union opened their arms control talks in Helsinki last week, there was an unaccustomed outpouring of bonhomie. In a unique display of diplomatic cordiality, the Soviet and U.S. ambassadors in the Finnish capital issued joint invitations, printed in Russian and English, to a cocktail party for Finnish leaders and the two delegations to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). In the unlikely surroundings of Helsinki's Kaivohuone restaurant, which usually echoes to the beat of restrained rock and the coo of unescorted birds at the bar, U.S. Chief Delegate Gerard Smith and his Soviet counterpart, Deputy Foreign...

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