World IN BRIEF : MEDITERRANEAN : Soviet Nuclear Ships Reportedly Leaving

From Times staff and wire reports

The Soviet Union has been withdrawing naval vessels equipped with nuclear weapons or propulsion from the Mediterranean Sea on the eve of the meeting there between President Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper quoted defense officials as saying the withdrawal is considered one of the strongest signs yet of Gorbachev's intention to press for bilateral constraints on naval armaments during the Dec. 2-3 meeting.

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