Interview: with Sergei Akhromeyev: A Soldier Talks Peace Marshal

SERGEI AKHROMEYEV, Gorbachev's top military adviser, speaks frankly about his nation's troubles and signals a desire for an even faster pace toward disarmament

Q. In 1988 you sat in the cockpit of an American B-1 bomber, and this summer Admiral William Crowe ((the recently retired Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff)) was on a Soviet nuclear submarine. Five years ago, that would have been unthinkable. Are you astonished at what has happened in such a short time?

A. I wouldn't say so. In 1986 the Soviet Union outlined and defined the main principles of its foreign policy: demilitarization, the absence of force in relations between states, and democratization. Ideology should not influence an improvement or a worsening in relations between states. We...

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