RUMANIA: Defiance

Nicolae vs. Moscow, again

Rumania's President and party boss Nicolae Ceauşescu has long defied Moscow in foreign policy matters. His is the only Warsaw Pact country that did; not break relations with Israel after the 1967 war, did not join in the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia and does not allow, a Soviet military presence on its soil. Ceauşescu has cultivated ties with Peking and has endorsed the U.S.-sponsored Middle East negotiations.

Now he is displaying his independent streak again. At a Warsaw Pact summit in Moscow, he rebuffed Soviet demands for increased defense...

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