DIPLOMACY: A Serious But Not Fatal Blow to D&233;tente

When Moscow repudiated its trade agreements with Washington last week, three years of delicate and arduous negotiations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were aborted. Was something else aborted as well—namely the whole carefully crafted structure of detente between Washington and Moscow?

The Kremlin action came in angry response to conditions imposed by Congress, such as the so-called Jackson Amendment (see box). In declaring their 1972 trade accord with the U.S. invalid, the Soviets rejected by extension the Trade Reform Act signed by President Ford early this year. Thus the U.S.S.R. spurned...

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