The Big Five: Arms Control Decision-Making in the Soviet Union

By Aleksandr' G. Savel'Yev; Nikolay N. Detinov et al. | Go to book overview

7
The Return to the
Negotiations: The Prelude
to Perestroyka

During the period from the end of 1983 to the beginning of 1985, when nuclear and "space weapons" reduction talks were in hiatus, a severe "squabble" continued unabated between the sides, both in the press and at the official level, concerning the questions of how to renew the talks and what positions should be defended. General Secretary Yuriy Andropov and Politburo member (and Andropov's successor) Konstantin Chemenko delivered a great number of speeches on these particular issues, and a special campaign full of criticism regarding the statements by the American administration was organized in the Soviet press.

Under these circumstances, the Five had little work to conduct. Its experts met to discuss specific questions and perform other services to support the Political Consultative Committee of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, but they did not tackle most major problems, although Soviet initiatives pertinent to limiting military operations in space, anti-satellite weapons, and a ban on putting weapons into orbit were discussed or passed through the Five at this time. As far as the Big Five was concerned, only four persons--Andrey Gromyko (representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dmitri Ustinov Ministry of Defense), Viktor M. Chebrikov (KGB), and Leonid Smimov

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • 1- The Historical Background 1
  • Notes 13
  • 2- The Politburo Commission For The Supervision of The Negotiations 15
  • Notes 30
  • 3- The Big Five and The Small Five 31
  • Note 42
  • 4 - The Salt II Talks: The Decision-Making Mechanism in Action 43
  • Notes 53
  • 5- "Euromissiles" and The Principle of Equal Security 55
  • Notes 68
  • 6- The Start Negotiations And the Final Period Of Superpower Confrontation 71
  • Notes 80
  • 7- The Return to The Negotiations: the Prelude To Perestroyka 83
  • Notes 94
  • 8- The Krasnoyarsk Affair 95
  • Notes 109
  • 9- Perestroyka and the Further Refinement of The Decision-Making Mechanism 111
  • Note 122
  • 10- Medium-Range Nuclear Weapons Negotiations: Was the "Zero Option" Really So Bad? 123
  • Notes 139
  • 11- The Start Treaty: Who Made Concessions to Whom? 141
  • Note 150
  • 12- The Difficult Path to The Start Treaty 151
  • 13- Defense and Space Issues: A Field for Future Negotiations? 163
  • Notes 182
  • 14- The Big Five: from Its Birth To Its Death 183
  • Note 192
  • 15- Reflections 193
  • Index 195
  • About the Authors and Editor 205
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