Foreign News: Diplomatic Dogfight

For the first time since the Soviet Union was formed, Moscow last week felt strong enough to employ the technique of ultimatum to the Great Powers, threatening to act in aid of Spain's radical Madrid regime. Panicky rumors promptly spread that Soviet ships were being loaded with Red munitions in Black Sea ports last week, that creaking old Russian warships and roaring new Soviet seaplanes would convoy these transports into the Mediterranean, and that this time cautious Moscow was ready to risk a general War.

These premature reports created a genuine European scare because...

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