Keeping the Lines Open

A meeting in Geneva, despite tension and criticism

When Secretary of State Alexander Haig and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko last met, recalls one senior American official, "There was no name calling, and not a lot of rhetoric." But that was in September, and there was also no crackdown in Poland. Since then, U.S.-Soviet tensions have escalated into sanctions. Nonetheless, to the relief of European allies and the discontent of many American conservatives, Haig and Gromyko will meet again this week, in Geneva. "It's going to be a pretty frosty atmosphere," says a Haig...

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