Soviet Union: Battening Down the Hatches

Moscow issues plenty of bluster but no word on Sakharov

"In Washington, they are not interested in reaching agreement. They only speculate in general terms about the usefulness of dialogue." That note of scorn in Soviet Leader Konstantin Chernenko's remarks to West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher last week was characteristic of Moscow's increasingly hostile posture toward the West. The Kremlin categorically rejected Genscher's plea for a resumption of the Geneva arms-reduction talks that the Soviets broke off last November to protest NATO's deployment of new missiles in Europe. Only a few...

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