THE KREMLIN: Disappointing Journey

A year ago, while he was still ostensibly editor of Pravda, hulking Dmitry Shepilov earned himself an overnight reputation as a diplomat by setting up Egypt's arms deal with the Communists. Accordingly, when Shepilov, now Soviet Foreign Minister, set out three weeks ago to revisit the scene of his original triumph, European chancelleries nervously braced themselves for further Soviet coups.

But even for a Soviet diplomat, success is apt to depend less on personal skill than on the international appeal of the policies he is obliged to follow. Right from the start...

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