The French and British Connection

A seemingly logical Soviet proposal endangers the alliance

When U.S. and Soviet negotiators return to Geneva this month, they may, paradoxically, find themselves haggling more about British and French weapons than about Soviet SS-20s or U.S. Pershing II and cruise missiles. Reason: the centerpiece of the Soviet position is the demand that the 162 nuclear missiles under independent French and British control be counted alongside those of the U.S. If the proposal were accepted, the U.S. would in effect forgo its deployment plans while allowing the Soviets to keep many of their SS-20s in place. As former State Department Counsellor Helmut Sonnenfeldt...

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