A Message for Moscow

Reagan uses his Europe trip to clear the air

Ronald Reagan was delivering a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, but his real audience was in Moscow. For some time, Reagan's aides had been concerned that the U.S. was sending confusing signals to the Soviets; Strasbourg seemed a per- fect place to clarify American positions. Speaking on the 40th anniversary of V-E day, Reagan offered olive branches from a mailed fist. He charged that the Soviets were building first- strike nuclear weapons and vowed that the U.S. would "resist attempts by the Soviet Union to use or threaten force against others, or to impose its system on others...

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