Rumania: Reciprocal Snubs

The weather was damp and cloudy as the Soviet Union's No. 1 soccer fan took his seat in Moscow's Lenin Stadium last week to watch the hometown Torpedoes defeat the Kiev Dynamos, 1 to 0. But as political observers on both sides of the Iron Curtain immediately realized, Communist Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev was also playing a game all his own. Only two days earlier, Brezhnev had abruptly canceled his plans to visit Bucharest for the long-delayed signing of a new Soviet-Rumanian friendship pact, pleading a "catarrhal ailment." His subsequent appearance at...

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