Diplomacy: Concession or Propaganda?

Andropov plays a clever but ambiguous card in the missile game

The very words were calculated to convey an impression of Soviet flexibility and weary impatience with the U.S. "The Soviet Union has stated its readiness not to have in Europe a single missile and a single plane more than possessed today by NATO countries," said Soviet Leader Yuri Andropov. "We are told that in this event the Soviet Union would have more missile nuclear warheads. All right, we are prepared to reach agreement on the equality of nuclear potentials in Europe, both as regards delivery vehicles and warheads, with due...

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