MOSCOW — Responding swiftly to an announcement in Washington, the Soviet news agency Tass reported Friday that Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and President Reagan will hold a summit later this year to sign an agreement banning intermediate-range missiles."
"President Ronald Reagan of the United States has just announced that agreement had been reached to hold a Soviet-American summit before the end of this year and that an accord on the global elimination of Soviet and American medium-range and shorter-range missiles would be signed at it," Tass said on its English language service.
The one-sentence report came less than 30 minutes after the White House announced the fall summit plan.
In a break from traditional practice, Tass issued a slightly different report on its Russian-language service.
'Agreement in Principle'
"U.S. President Reagan announced today that agreement in principle had been reached to eliminate medium-range missiles.
"The agreement, he said, will be signed at his meeting with General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev this year," the agency said.
The White House announcement followed three days of talks in Washington between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze and Secretary of State George P. Shultz.