Diplomacy: Promises, Promises

Once again, Soviet negotiators have demonstrated their skill at what might be called the "Who, me?" diplomatic gambit. Two months ago, Russia's leaders promised Chancellor Willy Brandt that if he would affix his signature to a renunciation-of-force agreement with the Soviet Union, they would do something about easing the status of isolated West Berlin, 110 miles inside hostile East Germany. Brandt signed the Treaty of Moscow, and as the Big Four talks on Berlin resumed last week in the divided city, everyone waited to see what the Soviets would do.

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