Nation: Carter tries a new tack toward Eastern Europe

Mischief in Moscow's Front Yard

While taking an increasingly hard line with the Soviet Union, the Carter Administration has simultaneously—and for the most part quietly—been seeking For some time to improve relations with the Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe. The U.S. objective is to encourage political liberalization and relative independence inside the East bloc. Part of the reason for actively pursuing that goal is Washington's hope that some day Moscow will find itself with more to worry about close to home, and thus be less inclined to stir...

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