An Opening to London

Word that the superpowers would hold talks early next year in Geneva was the second sign that the Kremlin is looking for a diplomatic opening to the West. The first was that Mikhail Gorbachev, 53, the fast-rising heir apparent to President Konstantin Chernenko, will lead a Soviet delegation to Britain in mid-December. Gorbachev's trip will mark the first visit of a top-ranking Soviet leader to Britain in eight years. For Gorbachev, who has already seen more of the West than all but a few Politburo members, the visit might be the dress rehearsal for...

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