A Deal in the Pipeline

When he became Secretary of State five months ago, soft-spoken George Shultz inherited one of the most emotional and dangerous disputes to rock the Western alliance in the entire postwar period. It began with the crackdown in Poland. To punish the Soviets for their role in the affair, President Reagan was determined to use economic sanctions to halt or delay construction of the $10 billion pipeline that would carry Soviet natural gas from Siberia to Western Europe. Reagan banned sales of American products for the pipeline, but then outraged his European allies five months ago by extending the embargo to cover...

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