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Soviet Objectives in the INF Negotiations and European Security.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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On 12 December 1979, NATO officials announced the decision to deploy 108 Pershing II nuclear missiles and 464 Ground Launched Cruise Missiles, in response to the Soviet deployment of SS-20 nuclear missiles. The NATO decision was met by a determined Soviet effort to prevent the deployment of the new missiles. The Soviet effort consisted of negotiations, diplomatic propaganda, and covert measures. When it was clear that the deployment was not going to be stopped, the Soviets agreed to formal INF arms reduction talks. It is this authors opinion that the Soviet negotiation tactics, during the INF talks, supported the long range goal of reducing the military effectiveness of NATO, and also supported the goal of reducing U.S. influence in Europe.
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