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U.S.-Soviet Airline Talks Stalled

October 21, 1985|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States and the Soviet Union have broken off negotiations to resume direct air travel between the two countries in a dispute over giving Pan Am, the American carrier, a fair share of the market, State Department officials said today.

No date was set for a resumption, making it virtually impossible that an agreement could be reached in time for President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to sign at their summit meeting in Geneva on Nov. 19-20. Soviet landing rights in the United States were suspended by Reagan in 1981 as partial retaliation for Soviet repression in Poland and canceled in 1983 after the imposition of martial law.

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