East-West: Some Cautious Melting

Shultz and Gromyko exchange tough words, then five hours of quiet talk

Snow was swirling as the American delegation drove up to the tall iron gates of the Soviet embassy in southwestern Stockholm. So when U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko exchanged pleasantries at the start of their long-anticipated meeting last week, the talk quite naturally turned to the weather. "You have to come to the U.S. to find out how cold this winter is," said Shultz. The Soviet diplomat was quick with a comeback. "I've read...

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