exerted a very negative influence on the economic development of the country and on its international image, as well as the living standards of its population. The negotiation and achievement of agreements in the field of arms limitations and disarmament were clearly the only way out of this dilemma.
Such a deep transformation of foreign policy and the thinking of those involved in the decision-making process did not happen overnight, and it was not without conflict. It took a long time to achieve, it was painful and contradictory, and it was accompanied by serious debates and even confrontations between selected personalities within the Soviet leadership. The best way to follow this process is to investigate the evolution of the Soviet negotiating position at the arms control talks. The following chapters are devoted to this problem.