MOSCOW — Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened a public relations offensive today, sending an arms control message to governments around the world and warning that an extension of his unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing depends on Washington.
"The message explains the essence of the latest Soviet disarmament proposals," official Moscow radio said. "The Soviet Union attaches great importance to them.
"The U.S.S.R. calls for stopping the arms race as soon as possible, the message says. The development of world events becomes increasingly dangerous and not a moment should be lost," Moscow radio reported.
Statement to Scientists
Word that Soviet embassies were relaying the Gorbachev message followed a statement by the Soviet leader Monday to an international group of scientists opposed to nuclear weapons that appeared to broaden the grounds for an extension.