Under an agreement signed in Washington last week, the U.S. and the Soviet Union will begin construction of new embassy facilities in Washington and Moscow. The 550 Russians in Washington, now spread out in five buildings in the capital, will occupy a new compound that includes a twelve-story office tower and residences, to be built on a 12½-acre tract some time in 1975. The 300 Americans attached to the U.S. embassy in Moscow will get a similar complex on a ten-acre plot in the center of the Soviet city.

Measured by the duration of the bargaining—it began in 1963—the embassy...

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