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Bush says new Soviet chief backs 'constructive path'

Vice-President George Bush said Tuesday that the new Soviet leader, Konstantin Chernenko, agrees that US-Soviet relations should be conducted ''upon a more constructive path.'' Mr. Bush made the statement after a 30-minute meeting with Chernenko following the funeral of President Yuri Andropov. ''We felt the mood was good,'' Bush said. ''We felt the spirit of the meeting was excellent.''

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It was the highest-level meeting between a Soviet leader and a top US official since Bush had an hour-long talk with Mr. Andropov after Leonid Brezhnev was buried in November of 1982.

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