Does Gorbachev Want a Deal?

Maybe, but above all he is anxious to avoid another Geneva

"The President is always saying that he wants a meeting," Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev told a group of Soviet farmers last month. "To shake hands with each other, to chat. But we did this in Geneva . . . It's necessary not only to talk, but to agree . . . Why meet again in order just to talk?"

When he does meet Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Gorbachev will at least have traveled halfway toward achieving his goal of a summit with substance. The American President and his Soviet counterpart have been sparring with each other over the conditions for their...

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