VIENNA — The United States on Friday attacked the continued Soviet involvement in Afghanistan as the East-West confrontation at the European security conference took on a sharp new edge.
Western diplomats said Soviet chief delegate Yuri B. Kashlev issued a fierce riposte, blaming the United States for the situation in Afghanistan by citing U.S. weapons supplies to guerrillas fighting there.
U.S. Ambassador Samuel G. Wise Jr. told a plenary session of the conference that the situation "stands as sad testimony to the Soviet Union's basic lack of respect for its solemn commitments in the Helsinki Final Act."
Wise said it was "a violation of each and every one of the principles guiding relations between participating states" in the 35-nation Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, now ending the fourth week of a followup meeting here.