Chile, Puerto Rico: To Russia with Trade

CHILE

Chile has not had diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union since 1947, when Communist-led coal miners mounted a small-scale antigovernment insurrection.

Last week Chile's newly inaugurated President Eduardo Frei, 53, decided to forgive, if not forget. In a brief ceremony at Santiago's La Moneda palace, he accepted the credentials of Ambassador Nikolai Alekseev, thus making Chile the sixth Latin American nation to have diplomatic relations with Moscow.—The U.S. took it with a shrug. "Our ties with Chile are too tight and too deep to be adversely affected," said an embassy spokesman in Santiago. Behind the move is Frei's frankly expressed desire...

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