for various Soviet concessions reflected the belief that placing some restraints on U.S. weapon programs was preferable to having none.
The Gorbachev leadership stood firm when vital Soviet interests were at stake. In certain cases the United States came around to the Soviet position, for instance, to sanction deployments of mobile ICBMs. On other issues, disagreements were too contentious to resolve at the time and were set aside. Significant qualitative restrictions in strategic arms and an accord reconfirming the validity of the ABM Treaty will await changes in U.S. policy and further negotiation.