Soviet teams on Saturday began inspections of four U.S. missile bases in West Germany under provisions of the superpower agreement to eliminate medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe.
Forty Soviet inspectors left the U.S. Rhein-Main Air Force Base near Frankfurt in the morning accompanied by American military personnel, the U.S. Air Force said."The Soviet teams made their declaration . . . this morning and notified United States and German authorities of the destination of each team. All four sites available for inspection in Germany will be visited by Soviet teams today," said an Air Force news release.
The Soviets arrived Friday, and their leader, Vladimir Tselinshcgez, told reporters at the Rhein-Main base he hoped the U.S.-Soviet missile treaty signed in December would lead to improved East-West relations.