The West is financing former Soviet republics as they slowly and painfully move into a new world economy. Let's make a deal and purchase their nuclear weapons for cash. As we take possession of these weapons, we will dismantle them, concurrently dismantling our own.We can accomplish major nuclear disarmament for the same money we are going to give them anyway. And it will be much cheaper than continuing to pay the kind of money we have been paying to defend ourselves against war. Charles Sneed, Asheville, N.C. Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.