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Soviet naval officials canceled their participation in this year’s session of talks with their U.S. counterparts on avoiding incidents at sea. The Soviets gave no formal explanation, but the cancellation came after the Pentagon announced that social and informal sessions during the talks would be curtailed or eliminated because of Soviet failure to apologize or pay compensation for the March 24 killing by a Soviet sentry in East Germany of Army Maj. Arthur D. Nicholson Jr. The talks have been held annually since 1972.


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