World: Stag Party Canceled

Soviet Ambassador Andrei Smirnov kept pleading, with anyone who would listen, for separate negotiations between Russia and West Germany. Breaking precedent, Smirnov even showed up at a U.S. newsman's cocktail party in Bonn to buttonhole guests with his persistent questions: "Why are you afraid to let the West Germans talk to us?"

In fact, the U.S. has little objection to Moscow-Bonn talks so long as they are coordinated with the U.S., Britain and France in advance. But this is not what Moscow has in mind at all: it wants to huddle with the West Germans in complete isolation, split the Western allies....

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