The West hardened its positions and its tone in dealings with the Russians last week. Items:

Strategic Air Command. The U.S. mowed down in one day's U.N. Security Council debate the U.S.S.R.'s propaganda charges against "provocative" SAC flights over the Arctic (TIME, April 28), mustered up such a huge majority (possibly nine to one) that the U.S.S.R. withdrew the complaint. Then the U.S. called on the U.N. Security Council to reopen debate on the U.S. proposal, rejected by the U.S.S.R. last summer, for an Arctic "open skies" inspection zone.

The Summit. The U.S.,...

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