Diplomacy: Parrying in Print

Moscow chides East Germany

Careful readers of the Communist press were treated last week to a rare public airing of differences between the Soviet Union and some of its East European satellites. The display was all the more remarkable because it involved East Germany, which for 35 years has been one of Moscow's most loyal allies.

The thrusting and parrying in print began when Pravda harshly criticized a West German decision to lend $330 million to ease East Germany's pressing foreign debt. At the same time, East Germany had agreed to lift some travel restrictions between the two countries. The...

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