The Alternative Is Dictatorship

Shortly before going to Washington, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze met with a TIME group, led by editor in chief Jason McManus. Excerpts:

Q. President Bush seems to be trying hard not to make Lithuania a point of contention between our two countries. Is that your perception too?

A. I am convinced that your President is not interested in seeing a deterioration in U.S.-Soviet relations. I have no doubt that he is interested in the success of perestroika. This is a realistic policy. Sometimes people / say -- I always do -- that there is no alternative to perestroika. That is...

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