Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko gave a breakfast in Moscow on Thursday (20 April) in honour of United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko gave a breakfast in Moscow on Thursday (20 April) in honour of United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Later, the two men had seven hours of talks as they launched a new effort to conclude a Strategic Arms Limitation Agreement.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vance had arrived in Moscow the previous evening. A United States spokesman the later Vance-Gromyko discussion was almost entirely devoted to the long-stalled strategic arms talks. They spent some time laying out their respective country's position.
Moscow's relations with the United States have been cool almost since President Carter took office in January last year. The Soviets contend the blame for the poor relations lies with Mr. Carter;s critical attitudes on human rights. The atmosphere for these resumed talks suffered on Thursday where a Russian woman chained herself to the United States Embassy railings in Moscow. The woman, Mrs. Irena McClellan, wants Soviet permission to emigrate to join her American husband in the United States.