DIPLOMACY: A Lone Ranger Rides Again

Giscard's trip to Warsaw angers Western allies

Giscard: Is spring late in Moscow?

Brezhnev: Yes.

Giscard: I think it is the north that is sending us a cold wave.

Brezhnev: You mean the North Atlantic?

Giscard: None of this has to do with politics.

Quite the contrary. After that opening bit of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland banter, the curious encounter between Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Warsaw last week had everything to do with politics. It was the first face-to-face meeting between a Western head of state and the...

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