RUSSIA: Home Are the Salesmen

The two-engined Ilyushin plane bearing Soviet Premier Bulganin and First Party Secretary Khrushchev had hardly cleared the mountains ringing Kabul when Afghanistan's Prime Minister Mohammed Daoud Khan called a press conference. Daoud's message to the West: no secret political or military pacts had been made with the Soviet Union, and Afghanistan's policy of neutrality was unchanged. The $100 million credit extended to Afghanistan by the departing Russians would be used for peaceful projects, i.e., hydroelectric power, irrigation, etc. In effect, said Daoud, Afghanistan is still free "to shop" with the West. The hint was heavily underlined: the Afghans,...

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