INTRODUCTION: Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, accused the United States on Thursday (31 March) of using what he called doubtful methods in its negotiations on limiting strategic nuclear arms.
INTRODUCTION: Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, accused the United States on Thursday (31 March) of using what he called doubtful methods in its negotiations on limiting strategic nuclear arms. The charges were made at the first news conference called in Moscow by a top Soviet leader for over a decade. It came a few hours after Mr. Cyrus Vance, the United States Secretary of State, ended his visit to the Soviet Union to discuss the limitation of nuclear arms.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vance went from Moscow to a meeting with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in West Germany. The Secretary of State spent five hours in Bonn briefing the West German leader on the discussions with Kremlin leaders. The Russians turned down two American proposals for a new agreement on strategic arms limitation (SALT) and put forward a counter suggestion which the United States found unacceptable.
The Secretary of state then flew to London for a meeting with British Prime Minister James Callaghan and Foreign Minister Dr. David Owen. Mr. Vance said in London that he believed a new agreement would eventually be reached and looked forward to his planned meeting with Mr. Gromyko in Geneva during May. But the failure to reach an agreement during the Moscow visit has been a major disappointment for President Jimmy Carter. The United States President has said that he would have to consider an increase in weapons development if the Soviet Union did not negotiate in good faith. But Mr. Gromyko has said his country still wants a new SALT accord.