EAST-WEST: Promise off Progress on Arms

After two days of brutally frank talks, a Soviet concession. "In a difficult world situation, we had I difficult talks." So said West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt last week, summarizing a mission that had been fraught with perils. Washington had done little to hide its misgivings about the first visit by a Western leader to the Soviet capital since the invasion of Afghanistan six months ago. Like some of Bonn's allies, the U.S. was apprehensive that Schmidt might undermine Western solidarity by appearing as an appeaser, eager for detente for Europe at...

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