Soviet Union: Long Time No See

Long Time No See

Just before Washington and Moscow concluded their historic accord on intermediate-range arms reductions, the talks nearly snagged over a missing photograph. The matter was hardly trivial. The treaty called for the elimination of Soviet SS-20 missiles, but nobody on the U.S. team had ever seen one. Finally, the Soviets produced a grainy Xerox of a photograph of the missile, along with a promise to send the picture itself later. It has yet to materialize. One possible reason for Moscow's reluctance: the SS-20 is identical to the first two stages of the long-range SS-25, which is not covered by the treaty.


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