Diplomacy: Stopover in Havana

Even stolid Aleksei Kosygin must have been struck by the change from Glassboro, N.J., where his opposite number was earnestly conciliatory and the townsfolk were downright friendly.

It was a thin crowd waiting on the steaming concrete apron of Havana's Josè Marti Airport, consisting mostly of diplomats from Communist embassies, and the handshake from his only ally in the Western Hemisphere, Cuba's Fidel Castro, was sullen. There were no decorations, no honor guard, no military band. And not until half an hour after Kosygin's arrival did Radio Havana get around to mentioning the visit. Even then, it gave only a...

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