Soviet Cards

Pipeline goes against the grain "This is kind of like a fight inside a family," said Ronald Reagan at his press conference last week. French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson, who had likened the feud to a "progressive divorce," also tried to restore a modicum of household harmony. Said he: "In every good marriage, at times one talks about a divorce." After the transatlantic clash provoked by Washington's embargo on technology for the Soviet gas pipeline from Siberia to Western Europe, both the U.S. and its allies assessed the damage, found it considerable and decided to downplay the disagreement.

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