Yugoslavia: Friends in Need

A Soviet Ilyushin-18 turboprop touched down at Belgrade's military airport last week, rolled to a stop before a neat row of Communist-bloc diplomats that included every resident Red representative except the Albanians. Then the plane door popped open and out stepped Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, his usual grouchy expression replaced by an almost friendly smile.

Officially, Gromyko's visit to Yugoslavia was in return for a visit to Moscow last summer by Yugoslav Foreign Minister Koca Popovic. Punctiliously, the government newspaper Politika gave Gromyko's arrival precisely the same space that Izvestia...

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