Compilation of Soviet Views on MBFR to 31 January 1973.
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF STRATEGIC STUDIES CENTER
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The paper brings together open-source Soviet statements--official, informal, and semiofficial--concerning reduction of armed forces and armaments in Europe, or Mutual Balanced Force Reductions MBFR, as the West calls it. The paper covers the period up to the start of preliminary talks on 31 January 1973. More specificially, the paper covers the problem of asymmetry, the geographical factor, Soviet proposals to annual NATO and the Warsaw Pact, participation at the talks, linkage with the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe CSCE, timing, and implications of the Nixon Doctrine. An attempt has been made to synthesize the Soviet position and that of the Warsaw Pact on MBFR negotiations. Author
- Government and Political Science