The World: What the Russians Kept

President Nixon's Moscow visit last May ended with a joint communique that included agreement on "measures to prevent incidents at sea and in airspace over it between vessels and aircraft of the U.S. and Soviet navies." By indirection, the Russian exodus from Egypt has honored this pledge in one key sea. TU-16 Badger reconnaissance planes that have long overflown the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean from Egyptian bases have ended such flights and gone home. The games of "chicken" that scrambling U.S. carrier pilots played with them have stopped.

Although the airfields from which the Badgers flew have reverted to Egypt,...