The Cadillac limousine taking Secretary of State James Baker to a Soviet Foreign Ministry guest house broke down a few yards short of its destination, and Baker had to walk to get there.
The big black car usually is used by Ambassador Jack Matlock but was turned over to Baker for his three-day visit.Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmyrtnykh later jokingly offered to provide Baker with one of the ZIL limousines provided to the top Soviet leadership. "We'll give them a ZIL," Bessmyrtnykh said. "Maybe it is because there are so few of them that we can take care of every one."
The breakdown occurred Thursday evening, and mechanics were still trying to fix the car Friday.