decisions will be taken in December. And a lot there, heemphasised, will depend on the position of the Soviet Union.During unofficial talks, Biden noted rather cynically that hepersonally and other members of the US Senate do not very muchcare about the Europeans' concerns. The main area of the UScitizens' interest is the security of the US itself. Nevertheless, thefeelings of our allies also 'concern us', he said. 'We cannot stopsupporting our allies, because if we did that, we would haveweakened America's own security'. Therefore, Biden continued, the Americans will probably have to solve the question of the supplies of the new types of armaments to Western Europe positively inprinciple. In any case, the majority in the Senate supports that, hesaid.Then Biden meaningfully emphasised (and he was activelysupported by Senator Prior here) that if the SALT-2 treaty is ratifiedbefore December, and if the Soviet Union makes somedemonstrative steps in favour of further disarmament progressbefore the NATO meeting, the European countries probably mayrefrain from deploying new types of American weapons in Europe,or at least, postpone the decisions taken on this issue.To our question on what exactly steps are meant here, Prior answered that, for example, the Soviet government might state it isnot going to increase the number of SS-20 missiles any further.3. Something that caught our attention was that this time, inboth official and unofficial talks, the senators would raise morequestions about the prospects, about the SALT-3, than the SALT-2.Unofficially, Biden said that 'the question of the future is moresignificant to the more serious senators - although not to all - thanthe question of the present treaty. The thing is (he explained) thatmany in the Senate consider the present treaty as a kind of anintermediate step, a booster for the further reduction of the armsrace. Many in the US are very serious about this, believing it ispossible to negotiate the reduction of the level of militaryconfrontation with the Soviet Union. However, at the same time,many people are uncertain whether the USSR will agree to further serious steps of that kind.'