The Soviet Union has rejected the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) offer to withdrew 1,000 nuclear weapons in Europe in exchange for the withdrawal of a Russian tank army.
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Background: The Soviet Union has rejected the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) offer to withdrew 1,000 nuclear weapons in Europe in exchange for the withdrawal of a Russian tank army.
Foreign Minister from many NATO countries heard this on Friday (23 January) when they gathered in Brussels, Belgium for a first hand account of United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger's negotiations in Moscow. According to alliance sources, Dr. Kissinger conveyed the news to the special session of the NATO council, but he apparently added that the Soviet Union would be making counter proposals of their own soon.
The NATO offer to withdraw 1,000 of the 7,300 United States' nuclear warheads in western Europe was conditional upon Communist agreement to withdraw a Soviet tank army of 68,000 men and 1,700 tanks from eastern Europe.
It is believed that the main reason for the rejection was that NATO was pressing for an agreed numerical limit on forces in Europe. Warsaw Pact countries have built up a larger force in Europe and the Russians want the talks to lead to equal reductions in forces. This would leave the Soviet Union and their allies with their current numerical superiority.
Russians and American negotiators were also believed to have discussed the civil war in Angola but the official communique revealed no details.