Russian Ambassador Sergei Vinogradov paid an informal call last week on Turkish Premier Sükrü Saracoglu. For three hours the men moved their knights and rooks over Saracoglu's chessboard as cautiously as they moved toward fuller and franker understanding of their mutual problems.

Turkey's first move, by President Ismet Inönü, was to annul a criminal-court sentence of two Soviet citizens found guilty of the attempted assassination of German Ambassador Franz von Papen in Ankara last spring. Moscow countered with friendly press comments. U.S. Ambassador Laurence Steinhardt has worked hard to develop the present good neighborliness on the Black Sea. His knowledge of...

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