Announced Unilateral Troop Cuts
 

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Announced Unilateral Troop Cuts
Soviet Premier Gorbachev announced– at the UN– that the Soviet Union was unilaterally cutting back its conventional forces in Eastern Europe by 500,000 troops. The cutback was greeted with joy in the west, but was, in fact, forced on the Soviets by their inability to maintain the forces. It soon became academic, as Eastern Europe became independent of Moscow.