SOVIET UNION: Tough Talk on D

How do the Soviets view détente—as permanent peaceful coexistence? As a way of maintaining East-West balance? As a tactic to lull the West into relaxing its vigilance? Foreign-policy experts have been debating this issue since the early 1970s, when Washington and Moscow proclaimed their intent to work for a reduction of world tensions. Although taking a hopeful view of the long-term trend of U.S.-Soviet relations, Henry Kissinger has recently warned Americans against expecting too much of détente, which Kremlin hard-liners have long described as a mere tactic. Last week Soviet Party...

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