Europes reliance on U.S. security commitments and raised the
prospects for overcoming entirely the division of the continent.
Soviet recognition of Western interest in retaining nuclear
weapons tempered Soviet insistence on disarmament in some
areas. Continued U.S. support for SDI research indicated the
benefits of compromise. Soviet obstinacy on defensive arms could
have rekindled Western enmity at a time when the U.S. government was losing its enthusiasm for ABM systems. Similarly,
Soviet demands to remove all U.S. tactical nuclear forces from Europe would at best come to nought and at worst raise Western
suspicions. Appreciation for the belief of NATO leaders in the
stabilizing role of U.S. nuclear engagement persuaded the USSR
to modify its position and to make do with a reduction in stages
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Maj. Gen. Chaldymov in Krasnaya Zvezda, 26 May 1988.
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Vooruzhenny [A Real Possibility of Curbing the Arms Race]", MEMO, January 1986, p. 14.
Oleg N. Bykov, "Novaya Kontseptsia Yadernovo Razoruzhenia
[A New Concept of Nuclear Disarmament]", MEMO, February 1987, p. 11.
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Pravda, 17 October 1988.
Sturua, "Sovetsko-Amerikanskiye Otnoshenia," pp. 27-28.
Pravda, 26 November 1985.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Soviet Nuclear Policy under Gorbachev:A Policy of Disarmament.
Contributors: Daniel Calingaert - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1991.
Page number: 128.
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