The United States and the Soviet Union appear to have made some progress towards a new agreement to limit offensive nuclear weapons.
INTERIOR MV: Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev greets U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in the Kremlin.
GV: Brezhnev and Vance take their places at conference table.
MV: Brezhnev seated PAN TO Cyrus Vance.
MV PAN: Brezhnev and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko seated.
MV ZOOM INTO CU: Cyrus Vance.
GV ZOOM INTO CU: Brezhnev.
CU PULL BACK TO MV: Cyrus Vance.
MV: Brezhnev and Gromyko.
The three major issues blocking a new strategic arms accord have been defined by American officials as the Soviet backfire bomber, limits on the American transfer of military technology to its west European allies, and limits on Soviet development of advanced international ballistic missiles.
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Background: The United States and the Soviet Union appear to have made some progress towards a new agreement to limit offensive nuclear weapons. They announced on Saturday (22 April) that they have had narrowed differences on some issues blocking the way to a new agreement. A joint communique issued after three days of high level talks in Moscow said both sides agreed to continue discussions, and to conclude a fresh strategic arms limitation treaty "at the earliest possible time".
SYNOPSIS: Earlier in the day, U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance met Soviet President and Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev at the Kremlin to round off the three days of talks. It was the first meeting between Mr. Vance and Mr. Brezhnev since the American Secretary of States's arrival three days earlier. For most of the talks of Soviet side had been headed by Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
American State Department spokesman Hodding Carter said Mr. Vance had discussed the situation in Africa with Mr. Brezhnev, but would not go into details. In London earlier in the week, on the eve of his departure of Moscow, Mr. Vance had strongly criticised Soviet and Cuban military involvement in the Horn of Africa. The communique issued after the talks said the discussions between Mr. Brezhnev, Mr. Vance and Mr. Gromyko had been useful and thorough.
The two sides also agreed to work with Britain towards the rapid conclusion of an agreement to ban all nuclear weapons testing. The three powers have been working on a treaty on this issue in Geneva since last year.