DIPLOMACY: Man from the Kremlin

The big four-engined plane, bearing the hammer and sickle on the fuselage, bore down through the haze toward a runway at New York International Airport, then pulled up again for a second approach and a safe, deft landing. Airport attendants and assembled dignitaries craned for a close look as it taxied up. The TU-114 turboprop was not only the first Russian jet to land in New York but had just made the 4,660 miles from Moscow in a nonstop 11 hr. 6 min.

Out of the plane stepped a stocky, round-faced Russian with...

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