The World: NATO: A Taste of Soviet Wine

WHEN the 15 NATO Foreign Ministers assemble in Lisbon's walled Palácio das Necessidades this week, their meeting may prove as important as any since the alliance's present form was set in 1952—also in Lisbon. Only a few weeks ago, the Ministers seemed destined to cover routine and well-traveled ground. But suddenly, some long-standing barriers to East-West negotiations have been lowered, however slightly.

The immediate task facing the Ministers is to explore Soviet Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev's call for NATO to "taste the wine" of Russian intentions on mutual force reductions in Central Europe—or, as...

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