Cuba: Moscow's Cheap Date

Moscow's Cheap Date

In a speech to NATO ministers in Copenhagen last week, Secretary of State James Baker asked why the Soviets, if they are so hard pressed, keep sending billions of dollars in aid to Cuba. The answer is that Moscow's aid is not what it used to be. In decades past, the Soviet Union provided Cuba with 90% of its oil at rates well below the world price and threw in extra supplies for the Cubans to resell for hard currency. Moscow also bought Cuban sugar at three to five times the world levels and supplied military hardware free. The total package...

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