U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met Soviet leaders in Moscow on Wednesday (21 January)?
U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met Soviet leaders in Moscow on Wednesday (21 January) for talks aimed at securing a second Strategic Arms Limitation (SALT) agreement.
Dr. Kissinger and a U.S. delegation met Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev and Foreign Mintier Andrei Gromyko and other top officials at the Kremlin. At the end of two days of talks, however, proposes for a now Soviet-American summit appeared remote.
U.S. officials reported that Dr. Kissinger had achieved "very substantial progress" towards a pact formalising the 1974 Vladivostok ceiling of 2,400 missiles and bombers on each side.
But one of the negotiating officials said that the White House and Kromlin had much work to do before they could turn the arms package over to technical experts in Geneva for the final two or three months of drafting.
The Secretary of State's maximum goal had been to have such a package agreed during his visit.
President Ford and Mr. Brezhnev, who agreed on the Vladivostok ceiling, have repeatedly postponed their follow-up summit until the new agreement is complete.
The two issues that Dr. Kissinger had hoped to resolve concerned the U.S. subsonic cruise missile and the Soviet backfired bomber, neither of which was included in the calling interim agreement.
Dr. Kissinger left Moscow on Friday (23 January) for Brussels saying the Soviet Union had introduced "some significant new ideas" into the nuclear are negotiations. He declined to product when an agreement might be reached but said he thought the conditions existed "to move towards an agreement".