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U.S. Would Host Summit, Soviets Say

October 11, 1987|Associated Press

MOSCOW — The government newspaper Izvestia this weekend gave the first official Soviet indication that a superpower summit expected late this year will be held in the United States.

Izvestia included a reference to a summit to be held in the United States in an article about the forthcoming visit to Moscow of Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

Previously, the United States has insisted that the summit must be held on its territory, while Soviet officials said the matter had not yet been decided.

Izvestia correspondent A. Kuvshinnikov said that during their Oct. 22-23 meeting, Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze must "determine the agenda and date of a new Soviet-American summit meeting--the first visit of the Soviet leader to the United States since 1973."

Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris D. Pyadyshev told reporters on Sept. 24 that the site of the meeting had not been determined and still was subject to negotiation.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and President Reagan expect to sign a missile treaty at a summit meeting before the end of the year.

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