Epilogue: The Soviet Union and the United States Resume Arms Control Negotiations
Contrary to predictions, in the fall of 1984 the Soviet Union agreed to return to arms control negotiations with the United States. Secretary of State George Shultz and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko met in Geneva in January 1985 and agreed on a method of organizing the negotiations. The greatest gain may come in the general area of Soviet-American relations rather than in breakthroughs in nuclear arms control. The US Administration pressed hard in a bid to prevent discussion on questions of space and to leave space open for the arms race. As for the hints that the Soviet Union rails to respect some commitments under the agreements concluded by it, it is invention. The Soviet Union talks to the Western countries and the USA on its own behalf and on behalf of its allies. The Soviets have a different approach and different priorities.