Nation: Americanology

A Moscow view

Jimmy Carter's popularity seems to be rising not only at home but also in the Kremlin. Soviet leaders still feel that the President is unpredictable and is overly influenced by National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, whom they regard as anti-Soviet. The Russians nonetheless seem to believe that Carter has become more skilled in handling U.S.-Soviet relations. What most pleases the Kremlin, apparently, is the White House's growing preference for quiet, traditional diplomacy in contrast to the public criticisms that were often made during the Administration's early months.

Moscow's new appreciation of Carter...

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