Treaties: Oh, One More Thing . . .

As the week began, some diplomats were calling it the Big Pre-Summit Stall. Endgame, however, might have been a more accurate term. In a manner familiar to all negotiators who have ever raced a deadline, Soviet and American negotiators sought to extract the last possible concession before turning over a nuclear-weapons agreement for their chiefs, George Bush and Mikhail ; Gorbachev, to announce with a flourish at their summit meeting next week. But by the time Secretary of State James Baker left Moscow on Saturday, after four days of talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and a five-hour visit with...

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