Nation: Facing the Russians

It's more chess than poker, say SALT insiders

When U.S. Ambassador Ralph Earle met the Soviets' Vladimir Semyonov at the SALT meeting in Geneva one sunny morning last week, they did not shake hands at the door. It was not because there was any bad feeling between them but because Semyonov, a deputy foreign minister of the Soviet Union, subscribes to an old Russian superstition that it is bad luck to shake hands on a threshold. That is one of the many small oddities of negotiating with the Russians. Although the world's attention is...

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