East-West: Letters from the Kremlin

Moscow keeps up the pressure, even as its own allies worry

Having failed to prevent the NATO alliance from deploying new nuclear missiles in Western Europe, Moscow has wasted no time in showing that it will not concede diplomatic defeat. On the heels of the Soviet walkout from the Geneva talks on Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF), Soviet envoys fanned out in West European capitals with letters bearing the signature of Leader Yuri Andropov. The messages were the first salvos in a renewed campaign to persuade the West Europeans to change their minds. Their central theme: "The Soviet Union does...

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