Wednesday, January 11, 2017
In the summer heat of 1979, amid the deep freeze of the Cold War—
I walked into the Kremlin with five of my Senate colleagues.
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We were there to discuss the strategic arms control agreement known as SALT II—and to gauge whether or not the Soviets were likely to abide by modifications that the Senate had adopted.
I was 36-years old, in my seventh year as a United States Senator.
Across the table sat Alexei Kosygin—the grizzled Soviet Premier—a veteran of World War II and a hard-liner.
There was no love between us.
We did not trust each other.
But neither of our nations wanted to be responsible for unleashing a nuclear apocalypse.
So you have to understand why we think you might use them again.”
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