FOREIGN RELATIONS: Drift Toward the Summit

A White House limousine stopped at the Russian embassy on 16th Street one morning last week and picked up a burly passenger bundled up in a double-breasted blue overcoat. Escorted by two motorcycle cops, the car sped to the White House, where the State Department's Protocol Chief Wiley Buchanan Jr. escorted the visitor into the oval, green-walled office of the President of the United States.

Unerasable Smile. The caller was Mikhail Alekseevich Menshikov, Russia's new ambassador to the U.S. A foreign-trade specialist who persuasively sold the Soviet trade-plus-aid approach as ambassador to India, Envoy Menshikov, 55, is conspicuously suited to the...

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