EASTERN EUROPE: Getting Set

The speed and coordination of the Soviet Union's reaction to Big Four talks showed that the Kremlin's big men had calculated their moves and primed their propaganda long in advance. Hoping to gain the conference initiative with what countries they had on hand, the Russians: ¶ Signed the treaty making Austria independent and neutral, and recommended Austria's way as everyone's way. ¶ Set up a formal organization of U.S.S.R. and satellites' armies, in a kind of anti-NATO.

¶ Agreed in principle with the West's proposals for disarmament and banning nuclear...

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