World: The Growing Gulf Between the Big Two

SHORTLY before he emplaned for a ten-day vacation at Key Biscayne last week, President Nixon issued a terse directive to ranking U.S. officials and diplomats: boycott the festivities in Moscow and at Soviet embassies round the world in honor of the 53rd anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

The extraordinary presidential order indicated the extent to which U.S.-Soviet relations have deteriorated in recent months. It comes at a moment when delicate East-West negotiations are under way in Helsinki, Berlin and Warsaw. While the growing gulf between Washington and Moscow has not led to a suspension of any talks, it certainly has not...

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