THE KREMLIN: Courtiers B. & K.

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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...

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