|Libellé||Andropov propose de réduire le nombre de ses missiles intermédiaires basés en Europe|
|Synopsis||SOVIET ANNOUNCES OFFER FOR CUTTING MISSILES IN EUROPE|
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By JOHN F. BURNS, Special to the New York Times (The New York Times); Foreign Desk
December 22, 1982, Wednesday
Late City Final Edition, Section A, Page 1, Column 6, 1662 words
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Yuri V. Andropov made public a proposal today under which the Soviet Union would reduce its medium-range missiles in Europe from more than 600 to about 162, the number of missiles maintained by Britain and France, if the United States and its allies abandon plans to deploy 572 new medium-range missiles in Europe late next year. Mr. Andropov also renewed a proposal the Russians made last July to cut Soviet strategic arms by 25 percent, to 1,800 intercontinental missiles and bombers, if the United States would do the same. The European proposal had been made privately at the Geneva negotiations on reducing so-called theater nuclear weapons several weeks ago. Today, the United States and three of its European allies publicly rejected the idea as an attempt to freeze a Soviet advantage in modern nuclear missiles in the European theater. President Reagan has proposed that the Soviet Union and the United States agree on having no missile forces in Europe, and the allies have so far supported his position. Warning Given on MX Mr. Andropov, in a major Kremlin speech, also warned that the Reagan Administration's decision to proceed with new strategic arms systems such as MX weapons would compel the Soviet Union to deploy ''corresponding weapons systems,'' including a missile ''analogous'' to the MX and a long-range cruise missile. He said the cruise missile was already under testing.