President Jimmy Carter said that he had not embarked on a vendetta against the Soviet Union over the recent trials of dissidents.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 1: CARTER: "I have not embarked on a vendetta against the Soviet Union. I cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the Soviet Union. I would like to have better relationship with the Soviets. We have continued our discussions with the Soviet Union on SALT and other matters. We would like to even enhance trade with the Soviet Union. But we have to let our own foreign policy be carried out. We have taken all the action that I intend to take for the time being. We terminated a sale of a very advanced computer to the Soviet Union, roughly a six or seven million dollar sale, which would have provided quite a jump in computer capability, multiplying the speed of the computer, I think twenty-fold. And this was supposed to have been bought by Tass, one of the Soviet news agencies to, I think to handle the requirement for the 1980 Olympics. This was far in excess of what they needed for that purpose. And I put under the control agreement in our country where different government agencies assess the need for sales, equipment that would result in increased oil production in the Soviet Union."
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Background: President Jimmy Carter said that he had not embarked on a vendetta against the Soviet Union over the recent trials of dissidents. The cancellation of the sale of a multi-million dollar computer to the official Soviet News Agency, Tass, ad the placing of all potential exports of oil technology to Moscow under the President's personal control, came after heavy sentences were imposed on dissidents Anatoly Shcharansky and Alexander Ginzburg last week. At a news conference in Washington President Carter explained the position.