Soviet Union: Strong Possibility of a Visit

"Strong Possibility" of a Visit

New Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev might visit the U.S. this year. Late last week the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun quoted Viktor Afanasyev, editor in chief of Pravda, as saying that a "strong possibility" exists that Gorbachev will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in September. There was no word on whether Gorbachev would also meet with President Reagan, who proposed a summit meeting in a letter to Gorbachev following the death of Konstantin Chernenko.

The speed with which Gorbachev was ratified as the General Secretary of the Communist Party--less than 24 hours after Chernenko's death--puzzled Western diplomats....

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