STOCKHOLM — The Soviet Union has recalled its two top negotiators at the European security conference here for urgent consultations 11 days before the end of the 35-nation talks, Soviet delegates said Monday.
Western diplomats expressed confidence that Soviet Ambassador Oleg A. Grinevsky and his military adviser, Gen. Viktor Tatarnikov, would return with permission to make the final concessions needed to secure an agreement at the talks.
But Warsaw Pact delegates took a pessimistic view, saying Moscow has gone as far as it could at the 2 1/2-year-old conference but has obtained no matching concessions from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Grinevsky and Tatarnikov, who serves on the Soviet general staff, flew back to Moscow over the weekend. Soviet delegates said they have no information on when they might return. The Stockholm talks are due to end on Sept. 19.