MOSCOW — Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze made progress on arms control and other issues at talks in Moscow today, spokesmen for both sides said.
State Department spokesman Charles E. Redman and Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov said the ministers held two rounds of constructive discussions in the morning and afternoon and were meeting for a third time in the evening.
Redman told a news briefing that Shultz and Shevardnadze are making progress toward finalizing a treaty to ban medium- and shorter-range nuclear missiles but that problems remain over verification and a timetable for dismantling the weapons.
Gerasimov, addressing the same briefing, said, "We are optimists." He quoted Shevardnadze as saying over lunch: "There is every chance to complete (a medium-range missiles treaty) if the experts do not let us down."