RUSSIA: Bermuda Breezes

In Moscow one night last week, the handful of Western newsmen got an extraordinary summons to the Foreign Ministry on Smolensk Square. Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov had scheduled the first Moscow press conference held by any Soviet official for foreign correspondents since 1947. Encased in the standard double-breasted blue suit and standing sternly beneath a portrait of Stalin, Molotov faced the press and raced through a twelve-page statement in Russian.

He was plainly worried by the way the West had responded to the Soviet's new hard line (TIME, Nov. 16). It would not do to let it be seen so plainly...

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