Propaganda: Antagonism Versus Compromise
Soviet propaganda treatment of the arms control and disarmament issue, in common with Soviet negotiating behavior in the ENDC, displayed a degree of public hostility to the West even when private talks between Moscow and Washington were proceeding favorably. The outstanding exceptions to this rule arose in connection with the test ban and the understanding not to orbit nuclear weapons in space, when Moscow exhibited definite propaganda restraint.
In the aftermath of the Cuban episode Soviet statements pointed out the opportunities for U.S.-Soviet agreement on the test ban and other arms control measures as a result of Soviet concessions. Indeed, the same day Khrushchev announced that Russia's missiles were being withdrawn from Cuba, Moscow asserted that the U.S. and Soviet positions on a test ban were "close."1 The Soviet proposals for "black box" controls and, later, for three on-site inspections were emphasized, as was the "nuclear umbrella" offer of Sep____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Khrushchev and the Arms Race:Soviet Interests in Arms Control and Disarmament, 1954-1964. Contributors: Lincoln P. Bloomfield - Author, Walter C. Clemens Jr. - Author, Franklyn Griffiths - Author. Publisher: M.I.T. Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, MA. Publication year: 1966. Page number: 194.
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