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by chief Soviet delegate Tsarapkin at thetest ban talks suggest that Moscow Intends ho major moves on the basic issues at
Tsarapkin confirmed this analysis in an interview with Radio Moscow onpril and in an interview with the French news service onpril. He claimed that theadcompromise proposals on all the unresolved questions of the treaty and tbat further progress would depend on the attitude of the Western powers.
Tsarapkin listed threepositions on which there could be no compromise: the maximum number of annualIn the Soviet Union would be three, as opposed to theproposals thenumber of control posts on Soviet territory wouldather thans proposed by the West; and the composition of the control system's would have to beripartite basis, with oneone Western, and onerepresentative.
Tsarapkin also criticized the Western draft treaty on pril for being
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Moscow's initial reaction to the French atomic test onpril contained no indication that the Soviet leaders plan to use this issueretext for breaking off the negotiations, Soviet commentary has beento low-level propaganda charges that the testhallenge to world opinion and upset an 'agreement" on ending nuclear testing. At Geneva. Tsarapkln evadeduestions and merely referred to his statements ofarch, when heseriousas to the consequences of French testing on tbe In hisprilwith Radio Moscow, however, Tsarapkln warned that if France continued to test, treaty may not be signed at all" since further French would make ^JreatY^JBC-tuallv useless BeamamamamamlOriginal document.