A Week of Tough Talk: A Week of Tough Talk

U.S.-Soviet relations worsen as Carter and Brezhnev trade accusations

Soviet and U.S. leaders hurled bitter charges across the Atlantic. The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks seemed all but stalled. NATO leaders put the final touches on plans to build up their forces. On many fronts and in many ways, it was an extraordinary week in foreign affairs, one in which numerous strands of tension wove together, pulling relations between the East and West to their lowest point in years.

Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev warned darkly about a "return, if not to the cold war, then...

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