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Soviets greet Western shift but say a move is up to US

A senior Soviet commentator cautiously welcomed what he termed a shift in Western attitudes to Moscow Tuesday but said it was still up to the United States to make the first move toward easing East-West tensions.

Writing in the Moscow daily Sovietskaya Rossiya, Gennady Shishkin said the Kremlin wanted ''honest, equitable, and mutually advantageous cooperation'' with all countries, especially the United States.

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Sen. William Cohen (R) of Maine held talks with Kremlin officials for more than two hours Monday on President Reagan's ''build-down'' disarmament proposal and said he sensed a new Soviet willingness to deal with arms control questions.

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