Soviet Nuclear Policy under Gorbachev: A Policy of Disarmament

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of restructuring nuclear arsenals to strengthen military and political stability, and to devise arms control initiatives that corresponded closely to Gorbachev's broad policy objectives. Injecting greater political content into the details of Soviet arms control policy, they identified particular Soviet weapon systems whose elimination would yield large political dividends and determined which Western arms programs to allow so as to avoid raising Western suspicions and bringing the disarmament process to a standstill.

Pravda, 19 December 1984, 21 February 1985 and 12 March 1985.
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Perestroika ( London: Collins, 1987); and interview in Time, 4 June 1990.
Gorbachev in Time, p. 32.
Sergei F. Akhromeyev, "Novaya Politika Protiv Arsenalov Voyny [A New Policy Against the Arsenals of War]", Kommunist Vooruzhennykh Sil [Communist of the Armed Forces], no. 1 (January), 1990, p. 17.
Interview in Ogonek, no. 11 (March), 1990, p. 3.
Shevardnadze in Izvestia, 22 March 1989, and Lev Zaikov speech to the 28th Party Congress, Pravda, 4 July 1990. The commission, headed by Zaikov, included Yakovlev, Shevardnadze, the defense minister, the KGB chairman, and leaders of the Military-Industrial Commission, the Council of Ministers, and other departments.
Speech to the 28th Party Congress, Pravda, 11 July 1990.
Dmitri Yazov in Krasnaya Zvezda, 5 June 1990.
Alex Pravda, "Linkages between Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policy under Gorbachev," in Tsuyoshi Hasegawa and Alex Pravda (eds.), Perestroika: Soviet Domestic and Foreign Policies ( London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1990), p. 3.
Pravda, 11 July 1990.
Details in Bruce Parrott, "Soviet National Security Under Gorbachev," Problems of Communism, vol. 37, no. 6 November/December 1988.
Yakovlev in Navda, 4 July 1990, and present commission chairman Gennadi I. Yanayev in Pravda, 13 August 1990.
Ligachev in Pravda, 5 July 1990.


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