EVEN as the U.S. pondered the direction of its foreign policy under the Nixon Administration, the Soviet Union showed obvious concern about the possible new thrusts of American intentions. In one capital after another, Russian diplomats anxiously sought out their U.S. counterparts in informal attempts to learn how the policies and personalities of the new Administration may affect relations between the world's two superpowers. On the official level, Moscow has adopted a cautious wait-and-see attitude toward President-elect Nixon, despite his reputation there as a hardliner. As a West German diplomat noted: "For...

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