THE NATIONS: Interest--and Caution

The Russians last week fired their biggest gun yet in their new peace offensive. In a letter to President Truman, Russia's President Nikolai Shvernik proposed a five-power pact for disarmament and "for the strengthening of peace." Wrote Shvernik (a figurehead who rarely makes the front pages): "I take this occasion to request you to transmit to the American people my greetings and good wishes from the people of the Soviet Union . . ." He added pointedly: "A most important step must be the elimination of discrimination with regard to the Soviet Union on the part of the American...

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