Well, first of all, I would say that... sad as it is...
but... every type of weapon that was ever invented 'till today was
always first introduced by the United States of America... That also
includes the nuclear armament of Europe. Just remember, August 6, 1945, the
United States with a nuclear weapon in its possession for the first time
started bombing Hiroshima. And, ever since the United States has led the
arms race. It was the first to create a mighty air fleet of nuclear arm
carriers. It started the ICBM deployment. It was the first to deploy the
submarine missile carriers with nuclear weapons aboard. Later, it was the
first to supply their ICBM with multi-heads, As early as 1948 the American
bombers appeared in Europe,... with nuclear weapons capacity. A bit...
later, somewhere about '60s, '50s... 1959-60 Europe saw the US
middle-range missiles: TURF, Jupiters;... they were based in England, Italy,
Turkey. Well, naturally, the Soviet Union could not just disregard it; it
responded accordingly. Fairly quickly the Soviet Union also possessed...
atomic weapons. Ballistic missiles were produced, too. Submarines also...
but we did it as a result of being forced to. At last, somewhere... around
the beginning of '70s an... approximate strategic parity was established
between the Soviet Union and ... United States of America. This
parity, mind you, was not a myth invented by the Soviet Union, nor is it
my...personal invention; it was mentioned, and mentioned quite clearly in
the SALT II agreement. It was SALT II, I think, that spelled out the
existence of strategic parity between the United States of America and the
Soviet Union. I think, the best proof of this... of this fact is the reason
behind the United States' failure to ratify the SALT II agreement. As for
today, for the very same reasons the Reagan administration simply undermined
this agreement. The United States of America cannot accept the idea of
equality. They simply can't accept an equal relationship with the Soviet
Union. The United States leadership, it seems, has not yet adjusted its
mentality — and, perhaps, never really wanted to — to the new reality, which
would make them recognize the fact that it is acceptable to talk with the
Soviet Union as an equal partner. By the way, to look back, SALT I and SALT
II were both characterized by the feeling of equality on both sides; nobody
tried to dictate his will to the other. That's how I would briefly outline
the problem, or, if you wish, answer the question you asked.