Reprinted from yeasterday's late editions.
For an official Russian delegation, the week had been very high-level, indeed. There had been "no-holds-bared" sessions on the Hill, dinner parties with key members of Congress, lunch with the secretary of state and, for the head of the delegation at least, a meeting with Jimmy Carter.
"Wonderful," said Georgi A. Zhukov, political commentator for Pravda and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme Soviet, enthusiastically.
Zhukov and his nine colleagues, winding up their first Washington week, since 1974. Thursday night were feted at the Soviet Embassy by Ambassador and Mrs. Anatoliy F. Dobrynin.
Two embassy chefs from Moscow had spent the better part of two days preparing the food, and the results alone might have been the tipoff on how important the Soviets regarded the event.
Then the heavy-hitters from the Hill started showing up and there could be little doubt that, for the moment at least, Soviet-American-relations were on the upswing.
"It's been," said Sen. Alan Cranton (D-Calif.), co-chairman of the host committee in the Senate, "very, very useful. There've been some no-holds-barred discussions. You learn more about each other."
Some, like Georgi Zhukov and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), had known each other much longer than a week. Zhukov wore the once-familiar PT-109 John F. Kennedy tie clasp, given him by the late Robert F. Kennedy when he was attorney general.