INTRODUCTION: The United State Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, says he is prepared to say in the Soviet Union as long as needed to progress towards "really true arms control".
INTRODUCTION: The United State Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, says he is prepared to say in the Soviet Union as long as needed to progress towards "really true arms control". Mr Vance arrived in Moscow, the Soviet capital, on Saturday (26 March) amid criticism of the United States government - mainly connected with it's stand over the "human rights" issue.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, was at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport to greet Mr. Vance. The Secretary of State told newsmen on arrival he would enter into what he called "substantive discussions" about a new agreement limiting nuclear arms to replace the present one which expires in October.
The Soviet government newspaper Izvestia published an attack on U.S. President Jimmy Carter only hours before Mr.Vance's arrival. President Carter has angered the Kremlin with his stand on human rights, and declarations of sympathy for Soviet dissidents. The Izvestia attack accused him of making "Sunday sermons divorced from real life".
Mr. Vance said he was very conscious of the importance of the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States for world peace and security. He hoped his visit made it clear that detente remained in the mutual interest of the two countries, said.