KING: How, madame-Russians? PRINCESS: Ay, in truth, my lord; trim gallants, full of courtship and of state. Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost
They came bearing royal gifts (Mongolian horses and a baby bear) to court British favor, but they were in a hostile land. Russia's Premier Nikolai Bulganin and Communist Party First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev knew it the moment their sleek cruiser Ordzhonikidze slid into Portsmouth harbor last week.
A 19-gun salute boomed from the British aircraft carrier Bulwark, and First Lord of the Admiralty Viscount Cilcennin stepped...